Up to date: November 12, 2020 8:34:31 pm
Legal professional Common Ok Ok Venugopal on Thursday gave his consent for initiating criminal contempt of court proceedings in opposition to arise comedy artist Kumal Kamra for tweets in regards to the Supreme Court docket — made apparently in reference to its order granting interim bail to Republic TV Editor-In-Chief Arnab Goswami — saying the tweets “should not solely in dangerous style however clearly cross the road between humour and contempt of the court docket”.
“I’ve gone by means of every one of many tweets which you will have annexed for consent to proceed by means of felony contempt in opposition to Sh. Kumal Kamra. The tweets which I’m extracting beneath should not solely in dangerous style however clearly cross the road between humour and contempt of the court docket”, the AG stated in his reply to letters looking for his consent for the contempt proceedings.
Venugopal added that “I discover that in the present day individuals imagine that they will boldly and overtly condemn the Supreme Court docket of India and its judges by exercising what they imagine is their freedom of speech. However below the Structure, the liberty of speech is topic to the regulation of contempt and I imagine that it’s time that folks perceive that attacking the Supreme Court docket of India unjustifiedly and overtly will appeal to punishment below the Contempt of Courts Act, 1972.”
His letter referred to 2 of Kamra’s tweets posted on Wednesday together with one which stated “Honour has left the constructing (Supreme Court docket) lengthy again”.
The AG identified that the comic had additionally posted an image of the SC in saffron colors with a BJP flag rather than the Tricolour.
“This”, Venugopal stated, “is a gross insinuation in opposition to the whole thing of the Supreme Court docket of India that the Supreme Court docket of India will not be an impartial and neutral establishment and so too its judges, however however is a court docket of the ruling celebration, the BJP, current just for the BJP’s profit”.
“All this in my view constitutes felony contempt of court docket”, his letter said.
The AG’s workplace is learnt to have obtained a number of requests looking for his nod for felony contempt proceedings in opposition to Kamra over the tweets.
Those that had shot off letters to the AG embrace Shrirang Katneshwarjar, a regulation pupil from Aurangabad, Rizwan Siddiquee, an advocate and two Pune-based legal professionals Amey Abhay Sirsikar and Abhishek Sharad Raskar.
They sought to attract the AG’a consideration to 4 tweets by Kamra together with one naming Justice D Y Chandrachud. A bench of Justices Chandrachud and Indira Banerjee had on Wednesday given interim bail to Goswami who was in judicial custody in reference to an abetment to suicide case.
Relating to his different two tweets, the AG stated “in addition they are extremely objectionable, and it could maybe be for the Court docket to resolve the query as as to if these tweets additionally would represent felony contempt of the Supreme Court docket of India”.
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