New Delhi: When the Supreme Courtinitiatedsuo motucontempt proceedingsagainst lawyer Prashant Bhushan and Twitter India on Tuesday, its announcement did not say which specific tweets it had a problem with. A lawyer named Anuj Saxena, though, has said that he filed an application against Bhushan on behalf of one Mahek Maheshwari on July 9, for tweeting about Chief Justice of India S.A. Bobde riding a Harley Davidson motorcycle.
Here’s the tweet in question:
CJI rides a 50 Lakh motorcycle belonging to a BJP leader at Raj Bhavan Nagpur, without a mask or helmet, at a time when he keeps the SC in Lockdown mode denying citizens their fundamental right to access Justice!pic.twitter.com/PwKOS22iMz
— Prashant Bhushan (@pbhushan1)June 29, 2020
A bench of Justices Arun Mishra, B.R. Gavai and Krishna Murari heard the matter on Wednesday. The court issued notice to the Attorney General and Bhushan, and has listed the matter for August 5.
In his complaint,according toLiveLaw, Maheshwari has claimed that this tweet was malafide and offensive, particularly since the Supreme Court judges had worked through the lockdown. He also calls Bhushan’s tweet a “cheap stunt” and hold Twitter India accountable for not taking it down. The petition also refers to Bhushan’s interventions in the court on behalf of migrant workers during the lockdown, when Justices Kaul and Gavai had accused the lawyer of not having “faith in the institution”.
Some of the logic used, though, is somewhat difficult to understand. Below,The Wirebring you eight unedited highlights from Maheshwari’s petition.
1. “[Prashant Bhushan’s] Tweet is of serious nature putting a big question on Sovereign Function of CJI and their abiding nature to the Constitution of India.”
2. “Contemnor No. 1 [Bhushan] is a lawyer by profession in public life and influential person due to her profession. Such Remarks of the Contemnor Will seriously affect in knowing the Character and Appearnce of the Hon’ble CJI.”
3. “…how can he [Bhushan] say that CJI without using the word Hon’ble being a lawyer in the Outer Space Moreover to it accusing him of denying citizens their fundamental right to access justice