New Delhi, Jan 13 (Agencies): The Supreme Court on Thursday decided to go ahead with the contempt proceedings against advocate Prashant Bhushan following his refusal to apologise for allegedly casting aspersions on Chief Justice S H Kapadia after some exchanges whether it would open a 'Pandoras box'.

The court was also dissatisfied with the explanation given by Bhushan in this regard. At its last hearing, the court had asked Bhushan to apologise for dropping the contempt proceedings against him.

Bhushan contended he did not owe any further explanation as his remarks on CJI was misconstrued by some people as imputation of financial corruption.

"On the issue of maintainability, we have held it against you. So you can go ahead on merit," a bench headed by Justice Altamas Kabir told Bhushan.

Senior advocate Ram Jethmalani appearing for the Bhushan submitted that the proceeding, if allowed, would open a Pandora's box.

"Everyone knows what is happening," he said adding, "For the last two years, people know what is happening in the apex court but no one dared to speak."

"People would suffer for talking truth but now millions of people are ready to go behind the bars on the contempt petition," he said.

The bench, however, refused to drop the proceedings and said, "If you want to open the Pandora's box then open it."

Bhushan is facing contempt proceedings for his interview to 'Tehelka' magazine in which he made some insinuations against Justice Kapadia in 2009 as well as some other judges and previous Chief Justices of India.

He had said Justice Kapadia, being a member of the Forest Bench along with then Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan, should not have heard the matter relating to Vedanta Sterlite
Group as he held shares of the company.

Jethmalani said, "I don't advise my client (Bhushan) to say an apology to the court."

The contempt proceedings were initiated after senior counsel Harish Salve assisting the forest bench as amicus curiae moved an application for action against Bhushan.