Tribune News Service
New Delhi, December 1
Attorney General KK Venugopal has granted consent to initiate criminal contempt of court proceedings against comic artist Rachita Taneja for her tweets allegedly scandalising the Supreme Court.
A law student Aditya Kashyap had sought Venugopal’s consent as the approval of either the Attorney General or the Solicitor General is necessary, under section 15 of the Contempt of Courts Act, 1971, for initiating contempt proceedings against a person in the Supreme Court.
Kashyap had sought the Attorney General’s consent to initiate criminal contempt of court proceedings against Taneja citing a caricature that allegedly depicted a quid pro quo relationship between the judiciary and the government with regard to the Ayodhya verdict.
She had also allegedly insinuated the top court for giving bail to TV journalist Arnab Goswami.
“I am satisfied that each of the tweets with cartoons attached is in contempt of the Supreme Court of India, hence I grant my consent,” the AG said in his letter to Kashyap.
Earlier the Attorney General KK Venugopal had on November 12 given his consent to initiate criminal contempt of court proceedings against standup comedian Kunal Kamra for his tweets insinuating the Supreme Court after it gave bail to Arnab Goswami in an abetment to suicide case.
Terming Kamra’s tweets as “highly objectionable”, Venugopal had said in his opinion it “constitutes criminal contempt of court”.
“The tweets are not only in bad taste but clearly cross the line between humour and contempt of court,” the Attorney General, who recently refused to give consent for initiating contempt of court proceedings against several persons, had said.