Tribune News Service
New Delhi, December 18
The Supreme Court on Friday issued notices to stand-up comedian Kunal Kamra and comic artist Rachita Taneja on separate petitions seeking initiation of criminal contempt proceedings against them for scandalising the judiciary.
They have been asked to respond in six weeks.
After an initial hearing on the petitions, a Bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan said it would pass appropriate orders on December 18.
It had heard advocate Nishant R Katneshwarkar, who appeared for one of the petitioners and claimed that Kamra had posted several tweets scandalous to the judiciary. Attorney General KK Venugopal has already his consent to initiate criminal contempt of court proceedings against both Kamra and Taneja for 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 “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 had noted.
In one of his tweets, Kamra showed the Supreme Court in saffron colour with a BJP flag in place of the Tricolour. He tweeted that honour had left the building (Supreme Court) long back and it was “the most supreme joke of the country”. He also made nasty comments about a sitting Supreme Court judge.
Taneja had circulated a caricature that allegedly depicted a quid pro quo relationship between the judiciary and the government with regard to the Ayodhya verdict.