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SC notice to Prashant Bhushan on tweet criticising Nageshwar Rao’s appointment as interim CBI chief

The Supreme Court on Wednesday sought a response from lawyer Prashant Bhushan on the contempt pleas filed by attorney general KK Venugopal and the Centre for his tweets alleging that the government had misled the court about the appointment of M Nageshwar Rao as the interim director of the CBI.

A bench of justice Arun Mishra and justice Naveen Sinha said it would deal with the larger question of whether lawyers or anyone else can criticise the court in a sub-judice matter which would influence public opinion.The bench also said that criticising the court may also lead to interference in the course of justice.

Bhushan had tweeted on February 1 about the deliberations of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led selection committee tasked with appointing a new CBI director after the agency’s former chief Alok Verma was removed.