Multiple Indian American organizations came together for a virtual press conference to express solidarity for Prashant Bhushan after he had been held in contempt of court by the Supreme Court of India over certain tweets made by him. The press conference held that Saturday, August 22, would be declared an ‘International Day of Fasting in Solidarity with Prashant Bhushan.’
Indira Jaising, who is a Padma Shri awardee and a Human Rights lawyer, spoke at the press conference and was one of the many advocates who spoke and insinuated that the Supreme Court judgement, in this case, was against India’s democratic essence.
Jaising held that the indictment of Prashant Bhushan was invalid on legal grounds. “The judgement violates three sacred rights: the right not to be deprived of life and liberty except by the due process of law (the due process is violated by not framing a charge and by not having a public hearing); the right to free speech (the right to free speech by not permitting fair criticism except on pain of prosecution); and the right to legal counsel (the right to representation by targeting lawyers who appear in court demanding accountability and justice for us all),” she said.