Solicitor General declines nod to contempt case in opposition to Swara Bhasker


New Delhi, August 26

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

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

“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 mentioned in his letter addressed to lawyer Anuj Saxena.

Saxena, on behalf of petitioner Usha Shetty, had sought consent of the legislation officer for initiating the contempt in opposition to Bhasker after Venugopal’s resolution in opposition to it.

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

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

Venugopal had mentioned, “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 mentioned the second a part of the assertion is a obscure assertion not associated to any specific courtroom, and “something is so general that no one would take any serious note of this statement”.

Venugopal mentioned, “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 in opposition to the courts within the nation and talked about the Ayodhya case judgement.

The petition intends to provoke felony contempt proceedings in opposition to 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 mentioned.

A five-judge structure bench of the apex courtroom had on November 9 final yr delivered a unanimous verdict paving the way in which for development of a Ram temple on the disputed web site 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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