New Delhi. The Supreme Court on Thursday allowed former Union Minister Arun Shourie , journalist N Ram and advocate Prashant Bhushan to withdraw the petition challenging the constitutional validity of the legal provision of criminal contempt. A bench of Justices Arun Mishra, Justice BR Gavai and Justice Krishna Murari was informed by senior advocate Rajeev Dhawan on behalf of the petitioners that they wanted to withdraw their pleas, as many petitions were already pending on the same matter and they did not want to That this petition be "stuck" with him.
The bench allowed the petitioners to withdraw the petition with the exemption that they could go to the appropriate judicial forum other than the apex court. Dhawan, in a brief hearing through video conference, said that the petitioners wanted to withdraw the petition at this stage with the leeway that they be allowed to move the apex court again, maybe after two months. The petitioners challenged the constitutional validity of Section 2 (c) (1) of the Contempt of Court Act involving criminal contempt for "defaming the court" in the Court in the context of the right to freedom of expression as provided in Article 19 of the Constitution. Was given
Earlier, on August 8, reliable sources had told that the Supreme Court administration had appointed former Union Minister Arun Shourie, senior journalist N.K. A petition filed by Ram and activist and lawyer Prashant Bhushan on August 10, Justice D.Y. Chandrachud and Justice K.K. Seeks clarification from concerned authorities for listing before M. Joseph's bench. However, the case was dropped from the agenda on the same day. The case was later listed before a bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra, who was already looking into two separate cases of contempt against Prashant Bhushan.