Attorney General KK Venugopal has given his consent to initiate criminal contempt proceedings against comedian Kunal Kamra over a series of his tweets on the Supreme Court’s verdict granting interim bail to Republic TV Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami.
The AG gave his consent to a letter petition filed by a Pune lawyer and two law students, who had earlier on Thursday written to the AG seeking permission to start contempt proceedings against the comedian.
According to Live Law, the AG observed that Kamra’s tweets are “not only in bad taste but clearly cross the line between humour and contempt of the Court.”
He also likened Justice DY Chandrachud – who was a part of the division bench that passed the order in the Goswami case – to “a flight attendant serving champagne to first class passengers after they’re fast tracked through, while commoners don’t know if they’ll ever be boarded or seated, let alone served (sic).”
The AG, in his letter, also stated that the other tweets are also “highly objectionable” and that the court should decide whether these tweets would also constitute criminal contempt.
“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. But under the Constitution, the freedom of speech is subject to the law of contempt and I believe that it is time that people understand that attacking the Supreme Court of India unjustifiedly and brazenly will attract punishment under the Contempt of Courts Act, 1972,” the AG wrote in the letter, granting consent to initiating contempt proceedings against Kunal Kamra.