Prashant Bhushan

Supreme court’s decision against Prashant Bhushan should be recalled – Citizens for Democracy

New Delhi. 18th August. Citizens for Democracy has sais that the Supreme court’s decision against Prashant Bhushan should be recalled. Full text of  CITIZENS  FOR  DEMOCRACY’s PRESS STATEMENT is as follows- It is a matter of grave concern that the Supreme Court  has held the  well known lawyer Prashant Bhushan guilty  of  contempt  of court on account of his two tweets. The judgment of the Supreme Court is an assault on the freedom of speech.   Prashant had tweeted two tweets;  in the first tweet dt. 27th June,2020 he said, “When historians in future look back at the last 6 years to see how democracy has been destroyed in India even without a formal Emergency, they will particularly mark the role of the Supreme Court in this destruction, and more particularly the role of the last 4 CJIs.” The second June 29 tweet included a photo of CJI S.A. Bobde riding a Harley Davidson motorcycle, and it was said, “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!” Supreme Court held that the tweets  has the effect of destabilising the very foundation of this important pillar of the Indian democracy and it has to be dealt with iron hand. It further said that it  took umbrage at Bhushan linking the Supreme Court to an ‘Emergency-like situation’ and thus held his tweets false, malicious and scandalous. However, the Supreme Court seems to be unaware that it is not only Prashant Bhushan who is linking the functioning of the present Supreme Court to an ‘emergency’- like situation but large number of people are making this comparison.  During the said ‘emergency’ (June 1975-March 1977) the fundamental rights of the citizens were suspended  and those who criticized the moves of the government were sent to jail under the Maintenance of Internal Security Act,1971 (MISA). At present large number of citizens who criticize the government  are being  arrested on one pretext or the other without formal…