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Attorney General Grant Cases of Contempt Against Comedian Kunal Kamra


Chief Law Officer Allows Case of Contempt against comedian Kunal Kamra

Kunal Kamra faces contempt proceedings for his tweets

New Delhi:

Attorney General KK Venugopal today granted contempt proceedings against comedian Kunal Kamra for his tweet on November 18, saying he was “extremely outspoken and forgetful” and tended to downplay the Supreme Court’s authority.

The chief law officer last week allowed contempt proceedings against Mr Kamra for his earlier tweets which criticized the Supreme Court, saying they were in “bad taste” and it was time for people to understand that attacking the highest court will be Failure to be punished.

The contempt proceedings against a person require the consent of either the Attorney General or the Solicitor General, under Section 15 of the Contempt of Courts Act, 1971.

Mr Venugopal granted the new permission at the request of advocate Anuj Singh of Prayagraj.

“I have gone through your application for consent under Section 15 of the Contempt of Courts Act, 1971 against Kunal Kamra in relation to the tweet dated November 18, 2020 (at 9.46 PM),” the Attorney General said in his letter to Mr Singh.

“The said tweet is extremely vulgar and forgetful, and I have no doubt that it would tend to diminish the authority of the Supreme Court of India as well as undermine the confidence of the litigious public in the institution of the Supreme Court of India itself. “said the chief law officer.


“In view of the above, accordingly, I grant permission under section 15 of the Contempt of Courts Act, 1975,” said Mr Venugopal.

With the permission granted earlier by the Attorney General, a petition was filed in the Supreme Court on November 13 seeking criminal contempt proceedings against Mr Kamra for his alleged “disgraceful tweets” against the Supreme Court.

The petition said Mr Kamra started tweeting on November 11 when the Supreme Court heard Arnab Goswami Republic TV’s appeal against a Bombay High Court order dismissing his plea seeking temporary bail in an abetment to commit suicide filed in 2018.

The petition said that after the Supreme Court granted Mr Goswami temporary bail on November 11, Mr Kamra “once again issued various tweets thereby scandalizing” the Supreme Court and “further reducing” its authority.

Earlier, Mr Venugopal had said that people believed they could “boldly and cautiously condemn” the Supreme Court and its judges by exercising their freedom of speech, but under the Constitution, freedom of speech is subject to the law of contempt.

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