By Hasan Akram
Stand-up comedian Kunal Kamra has refused to apologise for his tweets critical of the Supreme Court while saying that the “silence of the Supreme Court on matters of other’s personal liberty cannot go uncriticized.”
Kamra tweeted a statement on Friday after Attorney General KK Venugopal granted his consent to initiate contempt proceedings against him.
He suggested the top court that instead of hearing the contempt plea against him, it should hear the matters where “parties have not been lucky and privileged”.
“May I suggest the demonetisation petition, the petition challenging the revocation of J&K’s special status, the matter of the legality of electoral bonds or countless other matters that are more deserving of time and attention…” he said.
Kamra took a dig at the Supreme Court. His statement read,
“I believe I must confess I very much love holding court and enjoying a platform with a captive audience. An audience of the SC judges and the nations top most law officer is perhaps as VIP as audience as it gets. But I realise that more than any entertainment venue I would perform in, a time slot before the Supreme Court is a scarce commodity.”
Kamra had written on Twitter that the Supreme Court of this country is the most Supreme joke of this country after a vacation bench of the top court decided to hear Arnab Goswami’s bail plea. It is worth mentioning that the top court was criticised by the Supreme Court Bar Association for the “selective listing” of Goswami’s matters.
On Thursday, Mr Venugopal granted his nod to launch contempt proceedings in connection with the said tweets along with some other ones. He said,
“I find that today people believe that they can boldly and brazenly condemn the Supreme Court of India and its judges by exercising what they believe is their freedom of speech,” Venugopal said.
A contemnor can be punished with simple imprisonment of up to six months or with a fine of up to Rs 2,000 or both.