New Delhi, August 23
Attorney General Okay Okay Venugopal has refused his consent for initiating prison contempt of court docket proceedings in opposition to Bollywood actor Swara Bhasker for her alleged “derogatory and scandalous” statements in opposition to the Supreme Court over the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case verdict.
The consent of both the Attorney General or the Solicitor General is critical, underneath Section 15 of the Contempt of Courts Act, 1971, for initiating contempt proceedings in opposition to an individual.
Lawyer Anuj Saxena had sought consent of the Attorney General for initiating contempt motion in opposition to the actor.
Venugopal, in a letter to Saxena on August 21, stated the actor’s assertion, which is in two paragraphs, seems to be a factual one and is a notion of the speaker.
“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 against Swara Bhasker,” Venugopal stated.
Saxena and others have alleged that Bhasker made these statements at a panel dialogue on February 1, 2020 organised by the Mumbai Collective. — PTI