Twitter on Saturday restricted two of advocate Prashant Bhushan’s tweets in India following a requirement from the Supreme Court docket. Bar and Bench first reported the event. “When historians in future look back at the last 6 years to see how democracy has been destroyed in India even without a formal Emergency, they will particularly mark the role of the Supreme Court in this destruction, & more particularly the role of the last 4 CJIs,” Bhushan stated in one of the 2 tweets.

Within the different, Bhushan posted an image of the Chief Justice of India attempting out a high-end bike. Each tweets stay seen for customers outdoors in India, and customers in India who’ve switched their nation to one thing else on their Twitter settings. We’ve reached out to Twitter for remark.

No courtroom order

A Supreme Court docket bench on July 22 took suo moto cognisance of Bhushan’s tweets, basically issuing discover to him (and Twitter) for “undermining the dignity and authority of the Institution of Supreme Court in general and the office of the Chief Justice of India in particular, in the eyes of public at large.” Whereas the Supreme Court docket didn’t explicitly order Twitter’s counsel Sajan Poovayya to withhold the tweet in India, the Arun Mishra-led bench left little room for interpretation on what the platform was anticipated to do. “Why can’t you do it on your own? Even after we have initiated the contempt proceedings, do you want to wait for a formal order? We think we won’t pass any order and will leave it your wisdom,” Information18 quoted the bench as saying.

When withholding tweets, the corporate makes use of the phrase “demand” as an alternative of “order”, giving it some discretion over whether or not or to not give in to stress within the lack of unambiguous directives. Twitter counsel Poovayya instructed Bar & Bench that the platform has the selection to both “delete” the tweets or restore them relying on the courtroom’s closing order.

Whereas the courtroom took this case up by itself, a Madhya Pradesh-based lawyer, Mahek Maheshwari, reportedly filed a petition earlier this month towards Bhushan and Twitter for the tweets.

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