The Supreme Court on Wednesday took strong exception to advocate and Aam Admi Party (AAP) leader Prashant Bhushan’s statement to a weekly magazine that the bench was hesitant to act against the Attorney General in the coalgate scam.
A special bench headed by Justice RM Lodha said it was “deeply disturbed” and “disappointed” with Bhushan’s perception about the judges, reflected in his interview. The bench later accepted his apology for “hurting” the judges, but, not before expressing its anguish and displeasure over the remarks.
A special session of the court was held to just hear the issue. As per the last order the next date of hearing fixed in the matter is November 26. “We don’t know how you would repair the damage caused by the report. A person who utters an expression may be casual in his approach. But, the problem is the message that goes out to the people,” the bench told Bhushan.
In an interview to Outlook, Bhushan had said there was diffidence on the part of judges to take action against the AG, despite having lied to the court that he hadn’t seen the CBI status report on the probe into the coalgate scam before it was submitted in a sealed cover to the special bench. Then law minister Ashwani Kumar had resigned after it became public he had perused the report.