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‘I do not beg for mercy,’ convicted Bhushan tells Supreme Court
Open criticism against any institution in a democracy is essential to protect the Constitution, and he had been convicted for doing his duty, and will not seek mercy, advocate Prashant said. He was convicted last week for two tweets he posted on June 27 and 29. He had made allegedly defamatory remarks on the Supreme Court and the current and former Chief Justices.

NEW DELHI, Aug 20: Senior advocate Prashant Bhushan told the Supreme Court on Thursday that he is not appealing for mercy in the contempt of court case against him. The apex court was hearing the case to determine the quantum of punishment. Bhushan was convicted last Friday for his tweets against the Chief Justice of India and the apex court.

Open criticism against any institution in a democracy is essential to protect the Constitution, and he had been convicted for doing his duty, he said.

‘I do not beg for mercy,’ Bhushan told the apex court. Healthy functioning of the judiciary also requires public scrutiny, he said.

The SC gave time till August 24 for Bhushan to file petition.

In the following tweets of June 27 and 29, he had made allegedly defamatory remarks on the Supreme Court and the current and former Chief Justices. The Supreme Court took suo moto cognisance of the matter and proceedings were initiated and he was convicted on August 14. The order was pronounced by a three-judge bench led by Justice Arun Mishra.

"When historians in the future look back at the last six years to see how democracy has been destroyed in India even without a formal Emergency, they will particularly mark the role of the SC in this destruction, and more particularly the role of the last four CJIs."

"The CJI rides a Rs 50-lakh motorcycle belonging to a BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) leader at Raj Bhavan, Nagpur, without wearing a mask or helmet, at a time when he keeps the SC on lockdown mode denying citizens their fundamental right to access justice!"

Another contempt of court case of 2009 is also pending against Prashant Bhushan before the apex court. He had called former Chief Justices corrupt.

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