India’s Attorney General KK Venugopal has on 12 November approved to run a criminal case against comedian Kunal Kamra for contempt of court. This case is going to follow the tweets made about his Supreme Court.
In a letter written to Aurangabad’s Srirang Katneshwarkar accepting his request, the AG wrote that the tweets mentioned in the letter are “extremely objectionable” and “ugly”.
In a counter letter written to Katneshwar, AG KK Venugopal said- ‘These tweets given below are not only vulgar but also violate the limits of respect and contempt of court’.
Comedian Kamra wrote in her tweets-
“Honor has left the building (Supreme Court) long back” and “The Supreme Court of this country is the most Supreme joke of this country”. The Supreme Court of this country is the supreme joke of this country.
If any third party files a contempt case, then the approval of the Attorney General is necessary to pursue the case. This has to be done under both the Concept of Courts Act 1971 and the Supreme Court rules.
These tweets of Kunal Kamra came after the Supreme Court gave an interim bail to Arnab Goswami. In this case, the Supreme Court ordered Arnab to be released immediately on interim bail in the suicide case. Apart from this, Venugopal also said that other tweets were also very objectionable. Now it is for the Supreme Court to decide whether these tweets fall under the criminal contempt of the Supreme Court.
Expressing his opinion, KK Venugopal said that-
“People nowadays feel that they can blatantly and indiscriminately condemn the Supreme Court and the judges. And by doing so they feel that it is their freedom to speak.” : KK Venugopal