Lawyer Prashant Bhushan has moved the Supreme Court to defer hearing on his sentence in a contemp of court case till the time his review petition against the August 14 conviction order is taken up.
After being held guilty of contempt for his two derogatory tweets against the judiciary, activist-lawyer Prashant Bhushan had filed a written submission in the Supreme Court. He said in his submission that allegation of corruption are not contempt per se because truth is defense to the contempt proceedings.
On August 14, the Supreme Court held activist-lawyer Prashant Bhushan guilty of criminal contempt for his two derogatory tweets against the judiciary saying they cannot be said to be a fair criticism of the functioning of the judiciary made in the public interest. Holding that Bhushan attempted to scandalise the entire institution of the Supreme Court, the top court said: "If such an attack is not dealt with, with requisite degree of firmness, it may affect the national honour and prestige in the comity of nations".