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Attorney General (AG) Okay.Okay. Venugopal on Friday termed a tweet by comic Kunal Kamra concentrating on Chief Justice S A Bobde, “grossly vulgar and obnoxious”, and twice in a row granted consent to provoke contempt of courtroom proceedings towards him.
On November 12, the AG had mentioned he believes it’s time that individuals perceive that attacking the Supreme Court unjustifiably and openly will entice punishment, whereas granting consent to provoke contempt towards Kamra for his tweets on Supreme Court for granting bail to Republic TV editor Arnab Goswami in a 2018 abetment of suicide case. Recently, Kamra uploaded one other contentious tweet attacking the Chief Justice with a lewd gesture.
The AG, in a response to a grievance, citing Kamra’s tweet on November 18 mentioned: “The depiction of the two fingers, with the legend that he means the middle one, is to deliberately insult the Chief Justice of India, which would equally be an insult to the Supreme Court of India itself, which the Chief Justice heads.”
The AG emphasised, after going via the tweet, he discovered it “grossly vulgar and obnoxious”. He insisted that he has little doubt that it will are likely to decrease the authority of the Supreme Court in addition to undermine the arrogance that the litigant public have within the establishment of the Supreme Court. “In view of the above, I accordingly grant consent under Section 15 of the Contempt of Courts Act, 1975”, mentioned the AG.
The complainant Anuj Singh, who’s an advocate at Allahabad High Court, had requested the AG to grant consent to provoke contempt motion towards Kamra, claiming that the tweet had gone viral and introduced disrepute to the establishment of the judiciary. Singh had written to the AG in search of his consent beneath Section 15 of the Contempt of Courts Act, 1971.
A contemnor may be punished with easy imprisonment of as much as 6 months or with a advantageous of as much as Rs 2,000 or with each. Earlier, Shrirang Katneshwarkar, a final-year regulation pupil from Aurangabad, had written to the AG to provoke contempt towards Kamra for scandalising the Supreme Court.
In the letter, he had connected the alleged tweets the place derogatory content material was revealed towards the highest courtroom. Katneshwarkar sought proceedings towards Kamra beneath legal contempt of the Supreme Court of India as per Section 2 (c) (i) of the Contempt of Courts Act, 1971.
The AG had mentioned: “I find that today people believe that they can boldly and brazenly condemn the Supreme Court of India and its judges by exercising what they believe is their freedom of speech.”