Solicitor General declines nod to contempt case towards Swara Bhasker

New Delhi, August 26

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta on Wednesday refused consent to a plea in search of initiation of felony contempt proceedings towards Bollywood actor Swara Bhasker for her alleged “derogatory and scandalous” statements towards the Supreme Court on the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid verdict.

The SG’s denial got here inside days of Attorney General Okay Okay Venugopal declining the go-ahead saying that Bhasker’s remark seemed to be her “perception” concerning the difficulty.

“The Attorney General for India, on August 21, has declined to offer his consent for the explanations acknowledged within the reply of the AG…

“Considering the fact that the Attorney General for India has already declined to grant his consent in the present matter for the reasons detailed in the said letter…the present request made to me is misconceived,” Mehta stated in his letter addressed to lawyer Anuj Saxena.

Saxena, on behalf of petitioner Usha Shetty, had sought consent of the regulation officer for initiating the contempt towards Bhasker after Venugopal’s determination towards it.

The consent of both the Attorney General or the Solicitor General is important, underneath part 15 of the Contempt of Courts Act, 1971, for initiating contempt proceedings towards an individual.

Venugopal, in a two-page letter to Saxena on August 21, had stated the actor’s “statement in the first part appears to be a factual one, and is a perception of the speaker”.

Venugopal had stated, “The comment refers to the judgement of the Supreme Court, and is not an attack on the institution. This does not offer any comment on the Supreme Court itself or say anything that would scandalise or tend to scandalise, or lower or tend to lower the authority of the Supreme Court.”

He had stated the second a part of the assertion is a obscure assertion not associated to any explicit court docket, and “something is so general that no one would take any serious note of this statement”.

Venugopal stated, “I do not think that this is a case where the offence of scandalising the court or lowering the authority of the court would arise. I therefore decline consent to initiate contempt proceedings.”

On August 18, the plea filed earlier than the Attorney General by advocate Mahek Maheshwari, who together with attorneys Anuj Saxena and Prakash Sharma, has alleged that Bhasker made these statements at a panel dialogue on February 1, 2020 organised by the Mumbai Collective.

It claimed that Bhasker had made “derogatory and scandalous” statements towards the courts within the nation and talked about the Ayodhya case judgement.

The petition intends to provoke felony contempt proceedings towards Bhasker for “passing a derogatory and scandalous statement in context of the Supreme Court of India on February 1, 2020 at a panel discussion organised by Mumbai Collective,” it stated.

A five-judge structure bench of the apex court docket had on November 9 final yr delivered a unanimous verdict paving the best way for building of a Ram temple on the disputed website in Ayodhya and had directed the Centre to allot a five-acre plot to the Sunni Waqf Board for constructing a mosque. — PTI

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