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Attorney General Denies Consent to Bhushan Contempt Proceedings

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Attorney General KK Venugopal has declined his consent to initiate criminal contempt proceedings against lawyer Prashant Bhushan for his tweets criticizing the Chief Justice of India (CJI) SA Bobde received a special helicopter from the Madhya Pradesh government said the activist-lawyer later expressed regret.

A lawyer, Sunil Singh, requested the consent of the top legal official to initiate a contempt process against Bhushan for his tweet on October 21 in which he said that the activist-lawyer linked “the personal life of CJI” with a pending case before the.

Although Venugopal called Bhushan’s earlier tweet about the CJI “totally unjustified, inappropriate, devoid of legal basis and stubborn prima facie,” he declined consent considering the regret expressed in his later tweet.

“I am of the opinion that the allegations contained in three tweets that the Chief Justice of India committed a wrongful act by accepting facilities from the state of Madhya Pradesh during his visit to Kanha National Park while a case related to the disqualification of certain members of the MP legislative assembly was pending before him, they were totally unjustified, improper, lacking legal basis and prima facie obstinate for the following reasons, ”Venugopal said in his response to the lawyer.

In the first place, he said that the CJI is one of the highest constitutional officials in the country and has the right to receive a protocol according to the stature of their office and that state guests have the right to be provided with adequate security.

The senior law enforcement officer said he was initially on the mind of granting consent to initiate criminal contempt proceedings. “However, I must draw your attention to subsequent events … you have expressed regret for the mistake made in your previous tweet on October 21. You have publicly stated that it was incorrect to claim that the fate of the Madhya Pradesh government depended on the case pending before the CJI … “In these circumstances, I do not believe that it is in the public interest to consent to the process based on the original tweet in view of the subsequent tweet that expresses regret. Consequently, I refuse consent,” Venugopal said. The Attorney General said that the region that the CJI visited has been a region affected by the Maoists and that is why they gave it the installation of helicopters.

It is significant to note that on November 4, a bank headed by the CJI resolved an allegation that had raised the issue of the processing of a disqualification process against some members of the Congress of Deputies who had joined the BJP and were appointed ministers in the government of Shivraj Singh Chouhan. in Madhya Pradesh.

The high court, on August 31, had imposed a symbolic fine of one rupee against Bhushan as punishment in the contempt case against him.

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