Stand-up comedian Kunal Kamra faces contempt charges over Supreme Court tweets
Chief Law Officer K.K. Venugopal stated on Thursday that it is time that people understand that assaulting the Supreme Court unjustifiably and brazenly will draw in penalty.
The observation was made by the AG while giving approval to start contempt proceeding versus stand-up comic Kunal Kamra for his tweets against Supreme Court for giving bail to Republic TELEVISION Editor in Chief Arnab Goswami in a 2018 abetment to suicide case.
” I find that today people think that they can boldly and brazenly condemn the Supreme Court of India and its judges by exercising what they think is their freedom of speech,” Venugopal said.
The AG said that the tweets by Kamra were not only in bad taste, but clearly crossed the line in between humour and contempt of court.
Shrirang Katneshwarkar, a last year law trainee from Aurangabad, had actually written a letter to the AG to start contempt proceeding against Kamra for ‘scandalising ‘the Supreme Court.
In the letter, he had actually connected the alleged tweets where negative material was published against the leading court. Katneshwarkar sought procedures against Kamra under criminal contempt of the Supreme Court according to Section 2 (c) (i) of the Contempt of Courts Act, 1971.
The AG observed that in one of the tweets, a photo was shared where the Supreme Court building was worn saffron colour, and a flag of the ruling party had actually replaced the tricolour.
” This is gross insinuation versus the entirety of the Supreme Court of India that it is not an independent and objective organization, however a court of the ruling party, the BJP. All these in my opinion make up criminal contempt of court,” said the AG in his action.
The AG stated the other tweets were likewise highly objectionable, and it is for the top court to choose whether they constitute criminal contempt.
” Under the Constitution, the flexibility of expression goes through the law of contempt and I believe it is time that individuals comprehend that assaulting the Supreme Court unjustifiably and brazenly will bring in penalty under the Contempt of Courts Act, 1971,” said the AG while giving grant start contempt case against Kamra.
A contemnor can be penalized with basic jail time of as much as 6 months or with a fine of as much as Rs 2,000 or both.
Similarly, a Mumbai-based lawyer, Rizwan Siddiquee, had actually also composed to the AG pointing out Kamra’s tweets. The AG has actually offered permission to all the 8 people who had written to him seeking authorization case versus Kamra. These people can now submit criminal contempt petitions in the leading court.
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