A parliamentary panel has grilled Twitter for tweets posted by comedian Kunal Kamra targeting Chief Justice of India SA Bobde and the Supreme Court. Kumara had filled his Twitter timeline with hard-hitting posts against India’s top court and the CJI after the Supreme Court had extended special treatment to Arnab Goswami, ordering his release from a Maharashtra jail in the abetment to suicide case. Meanwhile, Kunal Kamra has shared another tweet showing a ‘middle finger’ to the CJI.
BJP MP and the parliamentary committee on Data Protection Bill chief, Meenakshi Lekhi, according to news agency PTI, has sought a reply from Twitter over Kamra’s tweets within a week.
“It is shameful that Twitter is allowing its platform for obscene remarks like the one by stand-up comedian Kunal Kamra against the Supreme Court and the CJI,” Lekhi later told reporters here. She added, “Twitter is allowing its platform to be misused for abusing top constitutional authorities, such as Supreme Court and CJI.”
Meanwhile, Kamra took to Twitter to share a photo of two fingers with a caption that read, “One of these 2 fingers is for CJI Arvind Bobde… ok let me not confuse you it’s the middle one.”
One of these 2 fingers is for CJI Arvind Bobde… ok let me not confuse you it’s the middle one
— Kunal Kamra (@kunalkamra88) November 18, 2020
Facing contempt charges, Kamra has refused to apologise for his series of tweets questioning the integrity of the Supreme Court in the wake of its alleged preferential treatment extended to Arnab Goswami of Republic TV. Kamra had said that the Supreme Court should consider allocating the time to be used to hear the contempt case against him to other important pending matters such as ‘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.’
A law student had written to the Attorney General seeking his consent to initiate criminal contempt against Kamra for his tweets targeting the Supreme Court. AG KK Venugopal had wasted no time in giving his sanction to the criminal contempt against Kamra. The Supreme Court has yet to decide on a date for hearing in the matter.
This was after the Supreme Court Bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and Indira Banerjee ordered the release of Arnab Goswami even though the Bombay High Court had asked the Republic TV founder to approach the lower court for relief. The argument by the Maharashtra government’s lawyer, Kapil Sibal, reminding how the Supreme Court had asked him to go to the lower court in a case related to the arrest of a Kerala-based journalist by the UP Police while he was on his way to Jathras to cover the gang-rape story did not impress Justices Chandrachud and Banerjee.