Contempt plea filed in Supreme Court against Kunal Kamra, comedian says won’t apologise

According to Attorney General KK Venugopal’s office, nine letters had been received seeking clearance for initiating a contempt of court case against comedian Kunal Kamra.

Acontempt plea was filed in the Supreme Court against Kunal Kamra on Friday. This comes a day after the Attorney General of India, KK Venugopal gave his consent for initiating contempt of court proceedings against the 32-year-old comedian.

According to the Attorney General’s office, nine letters had been received seeking clearance for initiating contempt of court case against comedian Kunal Kamra. Kamra had made a series of tweets on November 11, critical of the Supreme Court of India and Justice DY Chandrachud.

In his tweets, comedian Kunal Kamra had questioned why journalist Arnab Goswami’s bail plea was given a priority hearing in the Supreme Court. Kamra had also made a remark about the influence enjoyed by certain senior advocates in getting their cases heard on priority.

Following his tweets, complaints seeking contempt of court proceedings were sent to Attorney General KK Venugopal. The AG, in his response, noted that some of the tweets by Kunar Kamra tweets “are not only in bad taste but clearly cross the line between humour and contempt of the court”.

With the AG granting consent, a contempt plea has now been filed by a group of Pune-based lawyers and law students.

“Contemnor has the following of 1.7 million people. The scandalous tweets of the alleged contemnor were seen by his followers and many of them retweeted the same,” says the plea, adding that Kunal Kamra’s comments have the effect of scandalising the court.

Meanwhile, comedian Kunal Kamra has shot back at the contempt petitions.

In a statement released on Twitter, comedian Kunal Kamra said he would not apologize for his tweets.

“My view hasn’t changed because the silence of the Supreme Court of India on matters of other’s personal liberty cannot go uncriticised,” comedian Kunal Kamra’s statement read. He also pointed to the delay in hearings on issues such as electoral bonds and the abrogation of article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir among others.

The statement by comedian Kunal Kamra goes on to add that he “hopes the Supreme Court would have a small laugh” before deciding on the contempt case against him, as he had also made the suggestion to replace the photos of Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru in the Supreme Court with those of some current senior advocates.

While one contempt plea has been filed on Friday, more are likely to be filed by Monday as the AG has given consent to all nine petitioners.

Source: India Today

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