The Supreme Court on Friday issued a notice to comedian Kunal Kamra and cartoonist Rachita Taneja (Rachita Taneja) on a petition filed to initiate criminal contempt proceedings due to the objectionable tweet. The court has issued this notice in response to a petition contempt of the two for allegedly defaming the judiciary and judges. The Supreme Court has asked him to give his answer in six weeks.
The apex court said that Kunal Kamra and Rachita Taneja need not appear in the court. A bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, R Subhash Reddy and MR Shah issued notice to Rachita Taneja and Kunal Kamra on a petition filed by law students Aditya Kashyap and Srirang Katneshwarkar.
Senior advocate PS Narasimha, appearing for the petitioner, said during the hearing, “The tweet made by Taneja was only to defame and condemn the Supreme Court of India.” Attorney General KK Venugopal had agreed to initiate contempt of court proceedings against him, after seeing that his comic picture had ‘eroded public confidence in the judiciary’.
What is there in the appeal filed against Kamra?
In the petitions filed against Kamra, a petition has been filed by law student Srirang Katneshwarkar and he claimed that on November 11, Kamra started making these tweets when accused Arnab Goswami, who was accused of abetment to suicide in 2018, advances The decision to dismiss the bail petition by the Bombay High Court was challenged in the Supreme Court and hearing was going on in the apex court. The petition alleged that after Arnab Goswami was granted bail by the apex court on November 11, Kamra again made several tweets which were derogatory to the Supreme Court and further undermined the dignity of the apex court.
The petition claimed, “The alleged contemptor (Kamra) is followed by 17 lakh people on Twitter and the tweet of the alleged contemptor was seen by those who followed him and many retweeted him.” It alleged that when When some people warned Kamra of contempt of court, he behaved “rude, aggressive and without remorse” and showed that he lacked “respect” for the apex court.
The petitioner alleged that Kamara’s tweets were so ‘bad feeling’ that even the ordinary person can understand that they are abusive to the top court. He said, ‘Indian citizens have the highest respect for the court established by law. No person who complies with the law in the country can tolerate such a tweet like a tweet by the alleged contempt (Kamra).
What is said in the petition against Rachita Taneja?
Law student Aditya Kashyap said in a petition filed through advocate-nominated Saxena that he got written consent from the Attorney General on December 5 to file a contempt action petition against him based on three tweets posted by Taneja with photographs. Had gone these tweets were allegedly disgusting, derogatory and deliberate attacks on the judges of the Supreme Court and their decisions.
Added About Kamra
He started performing as a stand-up comedian in 2013, with a gig at the Canvas Laugh Club in Mumbai. A clip of one of his gigs, uploaded on YouTube in 2017, lead to him receiving death threats for his satirical take on Indian hyper-nationalism. He started his eponymous titled web-series Shut up Ya Kunal in July 2017 along with Ramit Verma. The episodes typically feature a conversation with one or more invited guests, interposed with clips of news segments or debates, edited for humour. His best performances include jokes about cabbies, bachelor life and ridiculous TV advertisements.
Kunal and Arnab Goswami Contention
On 28 January 2020, Kamra, while travelling on an IndiGo flight, confronted the news anchor Arnab Goswami, inviting him to debate with him. Kamra had raised questions about Arnab’s coverage of issues on national affairs and the suicide of Rohith Vemula. Kamra later released a 1.51-minute-long video of the incident on Twitter, which showed a non-responsive Arnab while being questioned by Kamra the next day, Indigo banned Kamra from boarding its flight for a period of six months.
The same day, government-owned airline Air India banned him indefinitely. Indian aviation minister, Hardeep Singh Puri, tweeted that other airlines should follow suit and ban Kamra to ensure that an example was set. Next day, other airlines SpiceJet and GoAir also banned him indefinitely. The ban was criticized for being excessive for the incident and against the existing rules of DGCA.
Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap refused to fly in the IndiGo airlines due to their decision to ban Kamra. Two passengers of IndiGo also demurred and displayed placards in the plane, in support of Kamra.
Kamra has issued a legal notice to IndiGo against the travel ban demanding compensation of ₹25 lakh