SC allows Shourie, Ram & Bhushan to withdraw plea on contempt law

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court Thursday allowed former Union minister Arun Shourie, journalist N Ram and activist-lawyer Prashant Bhushan to withdraw their plea that challenges the constitutional validity of a legal provision dealing with criminal contempt for “scandalizing the court”.

Petitioners’ counsel advocate Rajeev Dhavan informed the bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra that they want to withdraw the plea. He pleaded that several petitions on the same issue are pending before the court. And, because of that his clients don’t want “this to be entangled” with them. The bench comprises Justices BR Gavai and Krishna Murari, besides Justice Arun Mishra.

The bench allowed the petitioners to withdraw the petitions with liberty to approach the appropriate judicial forum, except the SC. Dhavan said the petitioners want to withdraw the plea with liberty to approach the top court again.

The petitioners had challenged the constitutional validity of a legal provision dealing with criminal contempt. They said it was violative of freedom of speech and right to equality.

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