Prashant Bhushan Contempt Case: Over 100 Former Judges, Bureaucrats and Veterans Release Statement Against Critics of Verdict..

In the statement, the signatories — 15 judges, 46 bureaucrats, 20 veterans, and 22 thinkers — said they had submitted a petition to the President of India on July 30 against “stray groups with hidden political agendas”, saying they “cannot be allowed to denigrate the democratic institutions”.

Hitting out at critics of the guilty verdict against lawyer-activist Prashant Bhushan in a contempt case, a group of former judges, bureaucrats and veterans have released a statement expressing concerns over “negatively oriented articles” that allege “muzzling” of dissent.

The signatories to the statement objected to “such statements by a group of persons who wrongly claim themselves to solely represent the civil society and use every opportunity to strike at the roots of Indian democratic institutions such as the Parliament, Election Commission of India, and now, the Supreme Court of India”.

In the statement, the signatories — 15 judges, 46 bureaucrats, 20 veterans, and 22 thinkers — said they had submitted a petition to the President of India on July 30 against “stray groups with hidden political agendas”, saying they “cannot be allowed to denigrate the democratic institutions”.

Bhushan was held guilty of contempt of court last week over two tweets against the judiciary. Bhushan had defended his tweets, saying they were against the judges regarding their conduct in their personal capacity and they did not obstruct administration of justice.

While referring to the tweets by Bhushan, the apex court had earlier said these statements are prima facie capable of “undermining the dignity and authority” of the institution of the Supreme Court in general and the office of Chief Justice of India in particular, in the eyes of the public at large.

In their statement, the signatories have also questioned Bhushan’s record, saying the lawyer has “objectionally criticized the courts without any basis or evidence. This is also not the first occasion when he has made utterances which were inflammatory in nature”.

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