SC allows Arun Shourie, N Ram and Prashant Bhushan to withdraw plea on contempt law

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NEW DELHI:

The Supreme Court

on Thursday allowed former

Union

minister

Arun Shourie

, journalist N Ram and activist-lawyer Prashant Bhushan to withdraw their plea challenging the constitutional validity of a legal provision dealing with criminal contempt for "scandalizing the court".
A bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra was informed by

senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan

, who was representing the petitioners, that they want to withdraw the plea as several petitions on the same issue are pending before the apex court and they don't want "this to be entangled" with them.
The bench, also comprising Justices B R Gavai and

Krishna Murari

, allowed the petition to be withdrawn with liberty to the petitioners to approach the appropriate judicial forum, except the apex court.
During the brief hearing conducted through video-conferencing, Dhavan said that at this stage the petitioners want to withdraw the plea with liberty to approach the top court again, maybe after two months.
The petitioners had challenged the constitutional validity of a legal provision dealing with criminal contempt, saying it was violative of freedom of speech and right to equality.

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