NEW DELHI: India’s high courtroom imposed a symbolic one rupee wonderful (one US cent) on Monday on a celebrated public service lawyer for contempt in a case that raised concern about free speech on the planet’s largest democracy.
Prashant Bhushan stated after the choice that he would pay the wonderful, however didn’t apologise for 2 tweets he wrote in June that had been deemed important of the judiciary — together with one exhibiting an image of the chief justice astride a Harley-Davidson bike.
The 63-year-old was discovered responsible of contempt by the courtroom in August. Following Monday’s sentencing, Bhushan tweeted a photograph of him holding a one rupee coin — saying his lawyer and senior colleague Rajiv Dhavan had given him the cash.
Bhushan was ordered to pay the wonderful by mid-September or face three months in jail and a suspension from the bar. The case raised considerations about freedom of speech, but additionally was seen as a battle of wills in India’s authorized ether.
Bhushan is a vocal critic of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu-nationalist authorities and through the years has filed numerous public curiosity instances and served professional bono within the trials of rights activists.
Hailing from authorized blue blood, he studied at high Indian universities — and Princeton within the US — earlier than embarking on a celebrated profession at dwelling.
Revealed in Daybreak, September 1st, 2020