Comedian Kunal Kamra faces contempt proceedings for criticising tweets on SC granting bail to Arnab Goswami
AG KK Venugopal gave consent to 8 persons to initiate contempt of court proceedings against Kamra for his 'objectionable' tweets on SC order granting bail to Arnab Goswami.
New Delhi: Attorney General KK Venugopal on Thursday gave his nod to initiate contempt of court proceedings against stand-up comedian Kunal Kamra for his ‘highly objectionable’ tweets against the Supreme Court.
Kamra faces contempt charges over a series of tweets criticizing the Supreme Court for granting TV anchor Arnab Goswami interim bail on Wednesday.
The Attorney General has said that the tweets by Kamra are ‘not only in bad taste but also clearly cross the line between humour and contempt of the Court’.
Attorney General KK Venugopal on Thursday gave his consent to eight people who want to sue Kunal Kamra for criminal contempt.
"It is time that people understand attacking the Supreme Court unjustifiably and brazenly will lead to punishment," AG Venugopal said in his response to their request.
The Mumbai-based comedian's tweets were not only in bad taste but "clearly crossed the line between humour and contempt", the Attorney General said.
“This is 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. All this in my opinion constitutes criminal contempt of court,” the AG said in his letter to the lawyers.
In a series of tweets posted Wednesday, after the top court’s order to grant bail to Republic TV Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami in a 2018 suicide abetment case, Kamra criticised the SC for fast-tracking the hearing of his appeal.
The tweets by Kamra termed to be constituting criminal contempt of court by the AG include, “Honour has left the building (Supreme Court) long back and “The Supreme Court of this Country is the most Supreme joke of this country”.