[Prashant Bhushan 2009 Contempt Case] SC to hold a detailed meeting to hear the case on its merits.

On Monday, the Supreme Court bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra decided to hold a detailed meeting on whether to hear the explanation given by Advocate Prashant Bhushan in contempt case against him since 2009 and thus have taken to hear the case on its merit.

A complaint was filed by Advocate Harish Salve and thus a suo moto case was taken up. The allegation made by Mr. Salve to Mr. Bhushan is that Mr. Bhushan called out half of the last 16 Chief Justices as corrupt in an interview given to the Tehelka magazine.

The case started on 6th November 2009, when a complaint was filed before the bench comprising the then Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan and Justice S H Kapadia but the matter was asked to be heard before a 3-Judge bench where Mr. S H Kapadia is not a member.

Again on 19th January 2010, the matter was listed before the bench comprising of Justices Altamas Kabir, Cyriac Joseph and H L Dattu in which notices were issued to Advocate Prashant Bhushan, and Tarun Tejpal, the Editor-in-Chief of Tehelka magazine.

Recently, on 4th August, the matter was listed before a bench comprising of Justices Arun Mishra, B R Gavai and Krishna Murari, who reserved the orders on whether to accept Mr Bhushan’s explanation and proceed to hear the case in detail if his explanation was not found acceptable.

Now, the bench will start hearing the case on 17th August.