Prashant Bhushan faces contempt proceedings for tweets against the judiciary
The Supreme Court has issued notice to advocate Prashant Bhushan seeking his response on why action should not be taken against him for tweeting serious allegations against the judiciary. The top court also asked Twitter India, against whom a contempt proceeding has started, why it did not remove Mr Bhushan's tweets when a contempt action became evident.
The Indian arm of the microblogging website said it will convey the top court's message to its parent Twitter Inc.
Last month, Mr Bhushan alleged the judiciary had a hand in dealing damage to democracy.
"Prashant Bhushan's tweets undermines the dignity and authority of the Institution of the Supreme Court and the office of the Chief Justice of India in the eyes of the public," the Supreme Court said in the order today.
The Supreme Court asked the Attorney General to assist the court on the matter, adding the correct party in this case is Twitter Inc based in California and not Twitter India. A three-judge bench of Justices Arun Mishra, BR Gavai and Krishna Murari then allowed the social media firm to file a petition that it thinks is appropriate for the matter.
The Supreme Court took up contempt proceedings on its own against Mr Bhushan for two tweets.
The other tweet took a swipe at a photo of Chief Justice of India SA Bobde.
"A petition was presented before us for contempt proceeding on the administrative side. We have gone through the petition and the allegation against CJI SA Bobde. The tweet in question was tweeted on June 27... We issue notice to the Attorney General. We also note that the correct party here is Twitter Inc of California and not Twitter India. Twitter permitted to file appropriate application," the Supreme Court said.
The court will hear the matter next on August 5.