New Delhi, August 23
Attorney General Okay Okay Venugopal has refused his consent for initiating felony contempt of courtroom proceedings towards Bollywood actor Swara Bhaskar for her alleged “derogatory and scandalous” statements towards the Supreme Court over the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case verdict.
The consent of both the Attorney General or the Solicitor General is important, beneath Section 15 of the Contempt of Courts Act, 1971, for initiating contempt proceedings towards an individual.
Lawyer Anuj Saxena had sought consent of the Attorney General for initiating contempt motion towards the actor.
Venugopal, in a letter to Saxena on August 21, mentioned 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 Bhaskar,” Venugopal mentioned.
Saxena and others have alleged that Bhaskar made these statements at a panel dialogue on February 1, 2020 organised by the Mumbai Collective. — PTI