The Supreme Court said Thursday that it would be issuing contemptuous orders against comedian Kunal Kamra and comic book artist Sanitary Panels, both of whom are facing criminal contempt for their tweets against the Indian Supreme Court. A bench of Judges Ashok Bhushan, RS Reddy and MR Shah
The plea against Kunal Kamra was first heard in front of a bank headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan, which featured attorney Nishant R Katneshwarkar, who appeared for one of the petitioners and alleged that Kamra had sent several scandalous tweets to the judiciary .
“All of these tweets are scandalous and we had the attorney general’s approval,” Katneshwarkar told the bank. He read the letter from Attorney General KK Venugopal, who had given consent to initiate criminal proceedings against Kamra. The bank asked the attorney not to read the comic book artist’s allegedly contemptuous tweets in court, saying they had already looked through Venugopal’s letter on the matter.
The attorney general or attorney general’s consent is required under Section 15 of the Contempt of Courts Act 1971 to initiate a denial process against an individual.
One of the petitions was tabled by law student Shrirang Katneshwarkar, who claimed Kamra began posting tweets on November 11 when the Supreme Court heard journalist Arnab Goswami’s appeal against the Bombay Supreme Court order to change his request Denial of bail in a 2018 Abetment to Suicide case. Attorney General KK Venugopal nodded the next day to initiate the contempt procedure. At the request of an attorney based in Prayagraj, the attorney general gave consent on November 20 to initiate contempt trial against Kunal Kamra for his tweet on November 18, reportedly against the Chief Justice of India’s SA, Bobde. AG Venugopal called the tweets “grossly vulgar and disgusting” and said it would tend to “diminish the authority of the Supreme Court and undermine the reluctant public’s confidence in the establishment of the Supreme Court itself”. Comedian Kunal Kamra refused to either retract his tweets or to apologize.
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Meanwhile, the bank also heard a plea against comic book artist Sanitary Panels for her tweet, which was a “bold attack and an insult to the institution” by the Supreme Court. The first is a comic by the Editor-in-Chief of the Republic, Arnab Goswami, between the labeled figures of the Supreme Court and the Bharatiya Janata Party with a balloon about Arnab saying, “Tu Janta Nahi Mera Baap Kaun Hai (You don’t know who my father is). ”The AG had given its consent to criminal proceedings, but stated that their tweets contained a“ rough hint ”against the Supreme Court of India, stating that it was“ no longer an impartial organ ”of the state . “The tweet is clearly calculated to undermine the public’s trust in the independence and impartiality of the Supreme Court of India,” the AG had stated.
The court will also issue a ruling on the lawsuit against them on Friday.