One of the petitioners granted more time to file a rejoinder to the comedian’s counter-affidavit
NEW DELHI — Supreme Court hearing in contempt petitions against comedian Kunal Kamra was adjourned by four weeks on Monday.
The adjournment came after the bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan and R Subhash Reddy granted more time to one of the petitioners to file a rejoinder to Kamra’s counter-affidavit.
Kamra is facing charges of contempt of Supreme Court over his satirical tweets criticizing the conduct of the court.
Three petitions were filed after the Attorney General granted consent for initiating contempt proceedings against Kamra. The petitions were clubbed with another contempt petition against karma for his ‘’middle finger’ tweet and Instagram post.
Kamra has said in his counter-affidavit that he did not post his tweets with the intention to demean the court but to draw its attention towards issues relevant to the Indian democracy. Kamra also said that criticism would not shake faith of the public in Judiciary, adding that no institution was beyond criticism in a democracy.
“My tweets were not published with the intention of diminishing the faith of the people in the highest court of our democracy. It is funny though, how little faith the petitioner appears to have in the people of this country. The suggestion that my tweets could shake the foundations of the most powerful court in the world is an over-estimation of my abilities. Just as the Supreme Court values the faith the public places in it (and seeks to protect it) by the exercise of its criminal contempt jurisdiction in the judiciary is founded on the institution’s own actions, and not on any criticism or commentary about it”.
Kamra had posted a picture of the Supreme Court painted in saffron colour with BJP flag at its top. He also made certain critical remarks about the Supreme Court saying ‘honour has left the building (Supreme Court) long back’ and ‘Supreme Court of the country is the most Supreme joke of the country’.
His remarks came in response to the granting of bail to Republic TV anchor Arnab Goswami, a controversial figure seen close to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, BJP.
The Attorney General had found Kamra’s remarks ‘highly objectionable’ which showed “gross insinuation” and implied “Supreme Court of India is not an independent and impartial institution”.
He had said that it was time to make people understand that attacking the Supreme Court of India would attract punishment under the Contempt of Courts Act, 1972.