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AG grants consent for contempt proceedings against Kunal Kamra over fresh tweet

By: PTI | New Delhi |

November 20, 2020 8:53:56 pm


Humorist Kumal Kamra. (File)

Lawyer Normal Okay Okay Venugopal Friday gave consent for initiating contempt proceedings towards stand-up comedian artist Kunal Kamra for his November 18 tweet, saying it was “grossly vulgar and obnoxious” and tended to decrease the authority of the Supreme Courtroom.

The highest regulation officer had final week granted consent for initiation of contempt proceedings towards Kamra for his earlier tweets which allegedly criticised the apex court docket, saying they have been in “unhealthy style” and it was time folks understood that attacking it overtly will entice punishment.

The consent of both the Lawyer Normal or the Solicitor Normal is important, underneath part 15 of the Contempt of Courts Act, 1971, for initiating contempt proceedings towards an individual.

Venugopal granted the recent consent on a request made on this regard by Prayagraj-based advocate Anuj Singh.

Kamra, in his November 18 tweet, had made an objectionable gesture whereas making a remark towards the Chief Justice of India.

“I’ve gone by your request for consent underneath part 15 of the Contempt of Courts Act, 1971 towards Kunal Kamra in respect of the tweet dated November 18, 2020 (at 9.46 PM),” the Lawyer Normal stated in his letter to Singh.

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“The stated tweet is grossly vulgar and obnoxious, and I’ve little doubt that it might are likely to decrease the authority of the Supreme Courtroom of India in addition to undermine the arrogance that the litigant public have within the establishment of the Supreme Courtroom of India itself,” he stated.

“In view of the above, I accordingly grant consent underneath part 15 of the Contempt of Courts Act, 1975,” Venugopal stated Armed with the consent granted earlier by the Lawyer Normal, a petition was filed within the Supreme Courtroom on November 13 searching for initiation of prison contempt proceedings towards Kamra for his alleged “scandalous tweets” towards the apex court docket.

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The petition has claimed that Kamra had began publishing tweets on November 11 when the highest court docket was listening to the enchantment of journalist Arnab Goswami towards the Bombay Excessive Courtroom’s order rejecting his plea searching for interim bail within the 2018 abetment to suicide case.

It has alleged that after the highest court docket had granted interim bail to Goswami on November 11, Kamra “once more revealed numerous tweets and thereby scandalized” the apex court docket and “additional lowered” its authority Whereas granting consent earlier, Venugopal had stated at this time folks imagine that they’ll “boldly and overtly condemn” the Supreme Courtroom of India and its judges by exercising their freedom of speech, however underneath the Structure, the liberty of speech is topic to the regulation of contempt.

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