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Comic Kunal Kamra Faces Contempt Charges Over Tweets On SC

“It is time that people understand attacking the Supreme Court unjustifiably and brazenly will lead to punishment,” Mr Venugopal said while giving his consent. 

Stand-up comedian Kunal Kamra will face contempt of court charges over series of tweets criticizing the Supreme Court for granting TV anchor Arnab Goswami interim bail.

The consent was granted by Attorney General KK Venugopal to a law student and two lawyers who want to sue Kunal Kamra for criminal contempt.

“It is time that people understand attacking the Supreme Court unjustifiably and brazenly will lead to punishment,” Mr Venugopal said while giving his consent.

The Attorney General said that the comedian’s tweets were not only in bad taste but clearly crossed the line between humour and contempt.

“The tweet is a gross insinuation against the entirety of the Supreme Court of India and its judges,” said Mr Venugopal.

“Today people boldly and brazenly condemn the Supreme Court and its judges in what they believe is freedom of speech.”

The Supreme Court granted Republic TV editor Arnab Goswami a bail a week after his arrest over the suicide of an architect, Anvay Naik, and his mother, two years ago. Pulling up the Maharashtra government over his arrest, a  two-judge bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and Indira Banerjee said: “If we as a constitutional court do not lay down law and protect liberty, then who will?”

 

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