As the ugly saga of Prashant Bhushan versus the Supreme Court continues, with the SC accusing Bhushan of contempt, things finally seem to be coming to a close. On Monday, the SC decided on a penalty for Bhushan regarding his so-called contempt, as well as his refusal to apologise.
The Punishment? Bhushan has to pay a fine of Re 1 (that’s right, one whole rupee), failing which he will be jailed for 3 months and also be debarred from practice for a period of 3 years.
Bhushan posted a cheeky response to the unusual ruling in return.
My lawyer & senior colleague Rajiv Dhavan contributed 1 Re immediately after the contempt judgement today which I gratefully accepted pic.twitter.com/vVXmzPe4ss
— Prashant Bhushan (@pbhushan1) August 31, 2020
The amount is more of a token fine, a kind of symbolic punishment, but this is the modern world, and the news led to a barrage of hilarious responses.
Poor contemnor!! Where will he get Rs 1/ from to pay the fine😃
— Rajeev O. Chhabra (@AdvROChhabra) August 31, 2020
It is not a victory for just @pbhushan1 but with him every Indian who believed in the freedom of expression, justice and democracy stands victorious today.
The Court of the people should always be Supreme.
— Arfa Khanum Sherwani (@khanumarfa) August 31, 2020
KRK might have popularised ‘2 rupees people’, but one-rupee-resistance appears to be the new in-thing.