Attorney General KK Venugopal on Thursday gave his nod to provoke contempt of court docket proceedings against slapstick comedian Kunal Kamra for his ‘highly objectionable’ tweets against the Supreme Court.
Giving his assent, the Attorney General has mentioned that the tweets by Kamra are ‘not only in bad taste but also clearly cross the line between humour and contempt of the Court’.
Kamra on Wednesday had shared a sequence of tweets in regards to the high court docket in his response to interim bail granted to Republic TV’s editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami by the SC within the 2018 abetment to suicide case. The tweets by Kamra termed to be constituting criminal contempt of court docket by the AG embody, “Honour has left the building (Supreme Court) long back and “The Supreme Court of this Country is the most Supreme joke of this country.”.
In his letter, the AG has additionally slammed Kamra’s tweet depicting the SC constructing in saffron colors and mentioned that the tweet quantities to gross insinuation against everything of the Supreme Court, undermining its independence.
“This is a gross insinuation against the entirety of the Supreme Court of India that the Supreme Court of India is not an independent and impartial institution and so too its judges, but on the other hand is a Court of the ruling party, the BJP, existing for the BJP’s benefit,” the letter by AG Venugopal learn.
Censuring Kamra’s tweets, the AG mentioned, “I find that today people believe that they can boldly and brazenly condemn the Supreme Court of India and its judges by exercising what they believe is their freedom of speech.”
The nod from Attorney General is available in response to a letter despatched by a regulation scholar and two legal professionals who accused Kamra of scandalising the apex court docket in a sequence of tweets, reducing the authority of the court docket.