Comedian Kunal Kamra, cartoonist Rachita Taneja received scorn notices from the Supreme Court, who were asked to respond in 6 weeks for their criticisms of the Supreme Court in tweets and illustrations respectively.
Six weeks were given to respond in separate cases. The court, however, exempted them from personal appearances.
In the notices issued by a bench of judges Ashok Bhushan, R Subhash Reddy and MR Shah, the supreme court asked them to explain why no contemptuous actions should be taken against them to “scandalize the judiciary”.
Kunal Kamra faces cases of contempt for his tweets that attacked in court for granting bail to television anchor Arnab Goswami after his arrest in favor of a suicide case. Eight people, mostly lawyers, filed lawsuits against him.
Earlier this month, KK Venugopal, the government’s top legal officer, gave consent to start outrage proceedings against Ms. Taneja for her illustrations against the Supreme Court. The cartoonist had tweeted a series of illustrations, which Mr. Venugopal said was “gross insinuation” against the country’s supreme court and “bold assault and insult to the institution.”
In her tweets, Rachita Taneja made a cartoon about the Supreme Court granting bail to Arnab Goswami. There were also other illustrations where the upper court was mentioned. The attorney general’s nod came in response to an appeal from a law student.
The consent of the Attorney General or the Attorney General is required to initiate an outrage proceeding against a person.
Mr. Venugopal previously said that Mr. Kamra’s tweets were “in bad taste” and “crossed the line between humor and contempt.”