On June 27, Mr Bhushan had in a tweet accused the Supreme Court of playing a part in the “destruction of India’’s democracy” in the last six years. Prashant Bhushan, who is facing criminal contempt proceedings in the Supreme Court, has submitted that the criticism of the Chief Justice of India (CJI) does not scandalise the top court or lower its authority. Mr Bhushan submitted an affidavit before the Supreme Court on Sunday, in which he also said that to suggest that the CJI is the Supreme Court and the Supreme Court is the CJI is to undermine the institution of the Supreme Court of India.
A bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra had earlier issued a contempt notice to Mr Bhushan in a suo moto case following a petition requesting the same over two of his tweets. On his tweet about Chief Justice SA Bobde riding a motorbike last month, Mr Bushan said that fact about the CJI being seen in the presence of many people without a mask was meant to highlight the inconsistency of the situation where the CJI keeps the court virtually in lockdown due to COVID fears and on the other hand is seen in public without a mask. The court will hear the matter in one week.