When Can Corruption Allegations Against Judges Be Made Public? SC Frames Questions In 2009 Contempt Case Against Prashant Bhushan [Read Order]

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SC Frames Questions In 2009 Contempt Case Against Prashant Bhushan [Read Order] Live Law News Network17 Aug 2020 1:08 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Monday framed larger questions for consideration in the 11-year old the suo-moto contempt case against Advocate Prashant Bhushan for alleging that at least half of the 16 Chief Justices of India were corrupt in an interview given to Tehelka magazine in 2009.A bench of Justices Arun Mishra, BR Gavai & Krishna Murari stated that the following questions, having…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court on Monday framed larger questions for consideration in the 11-year old the suo-moto contempt case against Advocate Prashant Bhushan for alleging that at least half of the 16 Chief Justices of India were corrupt in an interview given to Tehelka magazine in 2009.A bench of Justices Arun Mishra, BR Gavai & Krishna Murari stated that the following questions, having larger ramifications, arose in the case :(i) In case a public statement as to corruption by a particular Judge(s) is permissible, under what circumstances and on what basis, it can be made, and safeguards, if any, to be observed in that regard ?(ii) What procedure is to be adopted to make complaint in such cases when the allegation is about the conduct of a sitting Judge ?(iii) Whether against retired Judge(s), any allegation as to corruption can be made publicly, thereby shaking the confidence of general public in the judiciary; and whether the same would be punishable under the Contempt of Courts Act? During the hearing, Justice Arun Mishra told Dr.Rajeev Dhavan, Senior Advocate appearing for Bhushan, that here is a judgment by Justice J S Verma, which says corruption allegations against judges should not be made public at the first instance, and should be submitted before the Court in its administrative side for an internal inquiry.The issue whether such allegations can be made with respect to sub-judice cases is also relevant for consideration, Justice Mishra remarked.Justice Mishra also clarified that the questions were not in reference to any particular individual.Dr. Dhavan agreed that the questions were “meaningful”, and submitted that they need to be considered by a larger bench. Justice Arun Mishra replied that this aspect (reference to the larger bench) will also be considered.The matter has been accordingly adjourned till August 25.2009 Contempt Case Against Prashant Bhushan @pbhushan1 :SC frames 3 questions of law in relation to whether, when and how public allegations of corruption against judges can be made. Read the 3 questions of law here 👇 pic.twitter.com/ZD3gGaEbLQ— Live Law (@LiveLawIndia) August 17, 2020Justice Arun Mishra also said during the hearing that they would like to put the issue to a ‘quietus’.On August 10, the Court had decided to hold a detailed hearing on whether to accept the explanation tendered by Advocate Prashant Bhushan in the contempt case and whether corruption allegations against judges, by themselves, would constitute contempt.Today, Dr.Dhavan told the bench that corruption allegations, per se, will not constitute contempt, and that the context and circumstances of allegations have to be looked into.He submitted that Justice Arun Mishra, while he was a judge of Calcutta HC, was part of a judgment which held that the corruption allegations made by Mamta Banerjee against judges did not amount to contempt per se.The subject matter of the case is an interview given by Bhushan to Shoma Chaudhury of Tehelka magazine in 2009, where he allegedly said that for his allegations, half of the last 16 Chief Justices were corrupt. As per the complaint, Bhushan also said in the interview that he had no proof for the allegations.On August 4, a bench comprising Justices Arun Mishra, B R Gavai and Krishna Murari had reserved orders on whether to accept his explanation and said that it will proceed to hear the case in detail if his explanation was not found acceptable.”In case we do not accept the explanation/apology, we will hear the matter. We reserve the order”, the bench noted in the order.As per the press release issued by Prashant Bhushan’s office, he refused to tender an apology but agreed to issue the following explanation.”In my interview to Tehelka in 2009 I have used the word corruption in a wide sense meaning lack of propriety. I did not mean only financial corruption or deriving any pecuniary advantage. If what I have said caused hurt to any of them or to their families in any way, I regret the same. I unreservedly state that I support the institution of the judiciary and especially the Supreme Court of which I am a part, and had no intention to lower the prestige of the judiciary in which I have complete faith. I regret if my interview was misunderstood as doing so, that is, lower the reputation of the judiciary, especially the Supreme Court, which could never have been my intention at all.”The suo motu case was taken on the basis of a complaint made by Senior Advocate Harish Salve.The contempt proceedings pertain to allegations made by Salve towards Bhushan where Bhushan allegedly said that half of the last 16 Chief Justices were corrupt. As per the complaint, Bhushan also said in the interview that he had no proof for the allegations.On November 6, 2009, the complaint was placed before a bench comprising the then Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan and Justice S H Kapadia, which directed that the matter be listed before a 3-judge bench in which Justice Kapadia was not a member.On January 19, 2010, a bench comprising Justices Altamas Kabir, Cyriac Joseph and H L Dattu issued notices to Bhushan and Tarun Tejpal, the Editor-in-Chief of Tehelka magazine.Click Here To Download Order[Read Order]Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

King Crimson Announces 50th Anniversary U.S. Shows, Updates For 2019 World Tour

first_imgIn celebration of their 50th anniversary, pioneering English prog-rockers King Crimson will embark on a worldwide Celebration Tour in 2019.Following the announcement of a three-night run of shows at London’s Royal Albert Hall, set to take place on June 18th, 19th, and 20th, 2019, on Friday, King Crimson added additional dates, including Los Angeles, CA’s Greek Theatre (9/3), Chicago, IL’s Roosevelt University (9/10), and New York City’s Radio City Music Hall (9/21). Outside of the U.S., King Crimson has confirmed dates in Leipzig, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Berlin, and Basel.With this fairly under-the-radar announcement, ticketing details for the U.S. shows are still scarce. So far only tickets for the “Royal Packages”–which includes various levels of exclusive access, seating in the first five rows, “personal insights and answers from one of the eight band members”, and more–are available (with the exception of NYC, which sold out). To reserve your Royal Package for LA, click here, and Chicago, click here. According to Brooklyn Vegan, the public on-sale for NYC starts Friday, December 14th at 10 am while general ticketing information is TBA for the other two U.S. shows.Today, King Crimson posted an update for fans wondering the status of the rest of their 2019 world tour, explaining the difficulties of working and coordinating with various promoters in different territories, as well as festivals. Instead of announcing one full list, they’ll be rolling the new dates out when possible, giving fans a week of exclusive access to packages before they go live on ticketing websites. Read the full note below:An update for all those wanting the full King Crimson touring schedule for next year…The exact timing of announcements for shows has to be agreed with the different promoters in different territories. We are also playing festivals, which have their own schedule. Some show-dates and contracts are still being finalized. This means that we cannot announce a full list. We do however insist that the first announcement comes from the DGMLive website, and that we have at least a week in advance to sell Celebration packages where they exist (it is not normally possible at festivals).However…some useful facts, which may help those seeking to read between the lines to draw better conclusions:we are requesting promoters to announce multiple shows at any given venue at the same time (as with the Royal Albert Hall). There are therefore no more public shows booked at any of the venues that have been announced in the UK, Germany, Switzerland and USA. Now that the show in Berlin has been added (which forms part of a festival and so was delayed) the public gig list for UK, Germany and Switzerland is complete.In addition, (as revealed by Robert Fripp on his Facebook page), we expect to be playing France, Spain, Italy, Mexico, Canada, Brazil, Argentina and Chile, as well as (hopefully) Holland and Poland.As far as I know (with the possible exception of a festival), there are no further announcements this year…BUT – it could all change. That’s why it’s not announced yet!!!The 2018-2019 iteration of King Crimson features guitarist Robert Fripp as the only original member in the band, along with saxophonist Mel Collins, bassist Tony Levin, drummer Pat Mastelotto, drummer Gavin Harrison, singer Jakko Jakszyk, drummer Bill Rieflin, and drummer Jeremy Stacey. For more information on upcoming tour dates, head to the band’s official website here.King Crimson — 2019 Tour Dates10 JUN 2019 HAUS AUENSEE Leipzig12 JUN 2019 JAHRHUNDERTHALLE Frankfurt13 JUN 2019 JAHRHUNDERTHALLE Frankfurt15 JUN 2019 LIEDERHALLE Stuttgart16 JUN 2019 LIEDERHALLE Stuttgart18 JUN 2019 ROYAL ALBERT HALL London19 JUN 2019 ROYAL ALBERT HALL London20 JUN 2019 ROYAL ALBERT HALL London29 JUN 2019 ZITADELLE Berlin04 JUL 2019 ROMISCHES THEATER AUGUSTA RAURICA Basel03 SEP 2019 GREEK THEATRE Los Angeles10 SEP 2019 AUDITORIUM THEATRE OF ROOSEVELT UNIVERSITY Chicago21 SEP 2019 RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL New York CityView All Tour Dateslast_img read more