Pay Re 1 fine or remain in jail for 3 months: SC

Pay Re 1 fine or remain in jail for 3 months: SC

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday (August 31) ordered lawyer-activist Prashant Bhushan to pay a fine of Rupee 1 by September 15 as punishment in contempt case. The top court ordered Bhushan to pay the fine by September 15 or he will be jailed for 3 months and debarred from practising for 3 years.

On August 14, Bhushan was held guilty of criminal contempt for his two derogatory tweets against the top court. While convicting Bhushan, the SC had said that tweets posted by Bhushan cannot be said to be a fair criticism of the functioning of the judiciary.

The punishment was announced by a SC bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra, who is set to retire on September 2.