Even as senior advocate Shanti Bhushan moved the Supreme Court on Monday for initiating contempt proceedings against the former Samajwadi Party leader, Amar Singh, on the CD issue, a counter petition has been filed to open contempt action against Mr. Shanti Bhushan and his son Prashant Bhushan.

The petition, filed by advocate M.L. Sharma, also questioned the Lokpal Bill drafting committee, of which both are members. He said the panel comprising five members of the government and five private persons, including social activist Anna Hazare, was notified by the Union government on April 8.

Under Article 53 of the Constitution, the power to legislate rests with the Executive, and it could not be transferred. The notification to set up the committee was, therefore, unconstitutional, he said, seeking a declaration to this effect.

On the controversy over the release of the CD allegedly involving Mr. Shanti Bhushan and Mr. Amar Singh, he sought a direction to initiate contempt proceedings against the Bhushans for their alleged professional misconduct.