On Friday, the Supreme Court will deliver its order on a series of petitions calling for the initiation of acts of outrage to the judicial proceedings against the comedian Kunal Kamra for his tweets that “mock” the Supreme Court and, in particular, the chief judge of India (CJI) SA Bobde and Justice DY Chandrachud. A three-judge court, consisting of Judge Ashok Bhushan, Judge RS Reddy and Judge MR Shah, had reserved its order on Thursday.
Here’s everything you need to know about the case:
1. The dispute concerns Kamra who posted a series of tweets on November 11 after a bench of two judges, consisting of Judge Chandrachud and Judge Indira Banerjee, granted bail to Republic TV editor Arnab Goswami in 2018 in an alleged aiding and abetting of the suicide Case.
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2. On the same day, law student Skand Bajpai wrote to Attorney General KK Venugopal, asking for his consent to initiate outrage proceedings against Kamra. In a tweet on November 12, Bajpai posted a letter from AG on Twitter, in which Venugopal gave his consent.
3. In the letter, Venugopal wrote that he had read Kamra’s tweets and found them insinuated that “the Supreme Court is not an independent and impartial institution and so are its judges, but it is, on the other hand, a Court of party ruling, the BJP. “The insinuation, wrote Venugopal, was” gross. “
4. Reacting to this, Kamra refused to apologize. In a Twitter statement, he said: “The tweets I recently posted were found in contempt of court. Everything I tweeted was from my point of view the Supreme Court of India gave a partial decision in favor of a Prime Time speaker. “
5. “My opinion has not changed because the silence of the Supreme Court of India on matters of the personal freedom of others cannot remain without criticism. I don’t intend to retract my tweets or apologize for them. I think they speak for themselves, ”Kamra added.
6. Days later, AG Venugopal gave new consent to initiate contempt proceedings against Kamra, this time on a November 18 tweet in which the comedian allegedly mocked CJI Bobde.
7. A total of eight petitioners, including law students and lawyers, called for indignation proceedings against Kamra in the two cases, as per Bar and Bench.
8. Under Section 15 of the Contempt of Courts Act, 1971, the consent of the AG or the Attorney General’s is required to initiate indignity proceedings against a person.
9. Kunal Kamra is a vocal critic of Arnab Goswami. In January, Kamra confronted Goswami on a flight, as a result of which he was blocked by several airlines, including IndiGo, on whose Mumbai-Lucknow flight the crash occurred.
10. Kamra transferred the Delhi High Court challenging the flight ban. The court, however, refused to grant his request, disapproving of his behavior on the flight and finding that such behavior cannot be permitted on an airline.