Tribune News Service
New Delhi, November 12
Attorney General KK Venugopal on Thursday gave 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 Republic TV Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami in an abetment to suicide case.
Terming Kamra’s tweets as “highly objectionable”, Venugopal 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, said the Attorney General who has been consistently refusing to give his consent for initiating contempt of court proceedings against several persons.
Shrirang Katneshwarkar of Aurangabad had written to Venugopal seeking his consent under Section 15 of the Contempt of Courts Act, 1971 to initiate contempt proceedings against Kamra for his tweets allegedly scandalising the Supreme Court.
Several persons, including lawyers and law students, had written letters to Venugopal seeking his consent for initiating contempt of court proceedings against Kamra for his “objectionable” tweets.
In one of his tweets, Kamra has shown the Supreme Court in safron colour with a BJP flag in place of the nation flag. He also tweeted that honour had left the building (Supreme Court) long back.
“This is a gross insinuation against the entirety of the Supreme Court that it is not an independent & impartial institution & so too its judges, but on the other hand is a court of the ruling party, the BJP, existing only for BJP’s benefit”, Venugopal noted.
“I believe it is time people understand that attacking the Supreme Court of India unjustifiedly and brazenly will attract punishment under the Contempt of Courts Act, 1971”, the Attorney General said.