NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday issued a lawsuit notice for the show to the comedian Kunal Kamra on three outrageous petitions accusing him of posting “absent-minded” (voluntarily disobedient to authority) tweets against the apex court.
The court said Kamra does not need to appear in person to answer the charges of outrage. Attorney General KK Venugopal had agreed to lodge contempt demands against the stand-up comedian.
The court also issued a show lawsuit notice to comic artist Rachita Taneja. Kamra and Taneja both have six weeks to respond.
The pleas had been lodged on Thursday before a pew presided over by Judge Ashok Bhushan who heard remarks from attorney Nishant R. Katneshwarkar, who appeared for one of the petitioners, and claimed that Kamra had posted several scandalous tweets for the judiciary.
“All of these tweets are outrageous and we asked for the attorney general’s consent,” Katneshwarkar said at the counter, which also included judges RS Reddy and MR Shah.
The consent of the Attorney General or Attorney General is required under Section 15 of the Contempt of Courts Act, 1971 to initiate an indignity proceeding against a person.
The Attorney General had granted consent to initiate an outrage criminal case against Kamra, saying the tweets are “bad taste” and it is time for people to understand that blatantly attacking the apex court will attract punishment under. of the Contempt of Courts Act, 1972.
One of the petitions was filed by law student Shrirang Katneshwarkar and others, who claimed that Kamra had begun posting tweets on November 11, when the Supreme Court was hearing reporter Arnab Goswami’s appeal against the High Court order. Bombay Court which rejected his request for request. provisional bail in a 2018 suicide aiding case.
The reason stated that after the Supreme Court granted bail to Goswami on November 11, Kamra “re-posted several tweets and thus scandalized” the apex court and “further lowered” its authority.
“The alleged contemnor (Kamra) has a following of 1.7 million people. The scandalous tweets of the alleged contemnor have been seen by his followers and many of them have retweeted the same, ”he stated the reason.
He claimed that when some people tried to make Kamra aware of the court’s contempt, he was “rude, arrogant and unrepentant” and his conduct shows that he has “no regard” for the supreme court.
The reason claimed that his tweets are “so bad taste” that a normal prudent man can deduce that he has scandalized the apex court.