Top Law Officer Allows Contempt Procedures Versus Comedian Kunal Kamra
Kunal Kamra faces contempt procedures for his tweets
Chief Law Officer KK Venugopal today gave authorization for contempt procedures against comic Kunal Kamra for his November 18 tweet, saying it was “grossly vulgar and obnoxious” and tended to lower the authority of the Supreme Court.
The leading law officer recently enabled contempt proceedings against Mr Kamra for his earlier tweets that criticised the Supreme Court, stating they remained in “bad taste” and it was time individuals understood that assaulting the leading court brazenly will be punished.
The authorization of either the Attorney general of the United States or the Solicitor General is essential, under Section 15 of the Contempt of Courts Act, 1971, for contempt proceedings against an individual.
Mr Venugopal offered the fresh permission on a request by Prayagraj-based advocate Anuj Singh.
” I have gone through your ask for approval under Section 15 of the Contempt of Courts Act, 1971 against Kunal Kamra in respect of the tweet dated November 18, 2020 (at 9.46 PM),” the Lawyer General stated in his letter to Mr Singh.
” The said tweet is grossly repulsive and obnoxious, and I have no doubt that it would tend to reduce the authority of the Supreme Court of India along with undermine the self-confidence that the litigant public have in the organization of the Supreme Court of India itself,” the top law officer stated.
” In view of the above, I appropriately grant permission under area 15 of the Contempt of Courts Act, 1975,” Mr Venugopal stated.
Armed with the consent granted earlier by the Chief law officer, a petition was submitted in the Supreme Court on November 13 looking for criminal contempt procedures against Mr Kamra for his alleged “scandalous tweets” against the Supreme Court.
The petition said Mr Kamra started tweeting on November 11 when the Supreme Court was hearing the appeal of Republic TELEVISION’s Arnab Goswami versus the Bombay High Court’s order rejecting his plea seeking interim bail in an abetment to suicide case filed in 2018.
The petition said that after the Supreme Court granted interim bail to Mr Goswami on November 11, Mr Kamra “again published different tweets and thus scandalised” the Supreme Court and “more lowered” its authority.
While granting permission earlier, Mr Venugopal had actually said individuals think they can “boldly and brazenly condemn” the Supreme Court and its judges by exercising their liberty of speech, however under the Constitution, flexibility of speech undergoes the law of contempt.
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