The Supreme Court on Wednesday expressed its “extreme disappointment” and “disturbance” over lawyer Prashant Bhushan’s statements in a magazine that the bench was hesitant in taking actions in coal block allocation matter.
A three-judge bench led by Justice R M Lodha deprecated such “speculative” statements that may “affect the functioning of the court” and said the court works “fearlessly” and “without favour”. It said that the situation so arises,the court will not lag in passing appropriate orders and that Bhushan’s statements must be perceived inappropriately by the masses.
“We follow the oath of our office till the last minute and had there been any diffidence,we will not be sitting here,” the bench told Bhushan,who argues for NGO Common Cause in the coal matter.
Responding to the observations,Bhushan apologised to the Supreme Court if his statements caused any hurt. While Solicitor General Mohan Parasaran,who appears for Centre,sought actions against Bhushan over his statements,the court opted to close the matter after recording Bhushan’s apology.