The National Secretariat of the Communist Party of India has issued the following statement today (on August 22, 2020) in support of Supreme Court Senior Advocate Prashant Bhushan:
The National Secretariat of the Communist Party of India is of the opinion that the Senior Advocate Prashant Bhushan has not committed anything to be termed as contempt. He is one known for his commitment and conviction in articulating the genuine concerns and grievances of the people. He is also known for his filing of Public Interest Litigations (PILs). He has been doing all those to uphold constitutional values and the rights of the people, holding the Judiciary and Supreme Court in high esteem.
The Supreme Court should have distinguished between constructive criticism and malicious statement. Otherwise it would deter ordinary individuals from performing their citizenship duty of being objective in their expressions about the institutions of our vibrant Republic.
The Party appeals to the apex court not to punish Senior Advocate Prashant Bhushan for expressing his views, that too as a practising senior lawyer.