Bar Association of India has expressed its dismay with the Judgment of Supreme Court holding Prashant Bhushan as guilty of Contempt of Court. The Association has stated that to assist the Supreme Court in this Suo Moto Case involving communication on a new social media platform, the Bar Association of India applied to intervene in the case and place before the Court a set of submissions. These submissions included a section on the Duty of the Bar to Speak:
”To comment on institutional and structural matters concerning the judiciary, judicial officers and judicial conduct generally flows from an advocate’s duty as part of the administration of justice as well as her role as a dutiful citizen.”
The Bar Association of India alleged that ”Erroneously, the Registry of the Supreme Court declined to list the intervention application.”
The Bar has further stated:
”Judgments that curb the exercise of freedom of speech and expression by a member of the Bar by resort to the suo motu powers is conspicuously old fashioned. The reputation of the Supreme Court of India cannot be dislodged by a couple of ‘tweets’.
At a time that the citizenry is facing huge challenges, the stature of the Supreme Court would stand enhanced by allowing criticism rather than taking umbrage at such remarks.”