Stand-up comedian Kunal 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 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.’
Adding humour to his statement, Kamra wrote, “All that I tweeted was from my view of the Supreme Court of India giving a partial decision in favour of a Prime Time Loudspeaker, 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.”
He also repeated his dig at lawyer Harish Salve that how in one of his tweets, he had asked for ‘replacement of the photo of Mahatma Gandhi at the Supreme Court of India with that of Harish Salve.’ “I would like to add that Pandit Nehru photo should also be replaced with Mahesh Jethmalani,” Kamra added.
No lawyers, No apology, No fine, No waste of space 🙏🙏🙏 pic.twitter.com/B1U7dkVB1W
— Kunal Kamra (@kunalkamra88) November 13, 2020
Reiterating that there was no question of an apology, Kamra said that his ‘view hasn’t changed because the silence of the Supreme Court of India on matters of other’s personal liberty cannot go uncriticised.’ “I don’t intend to retract my tweets or apologise for them. I believe they speak for themselves,” Kamra wrote in a statement, which he shared on Twitter titled “No lawyers, No apology, No fine, No waste of space,” he added.
Kamara had taken to Twitter to hit out at the Supreme Court after it posted Goswami’s petition on priority to hear his bail application in the abetment to suicide case. The vacation Bench of Justice DY Chandrachud and Indira Banerjee had immediately granted Goswami bail, triggering widespread debate over the integrity of the Supreme Court.
Kamra concluded, “I wish to volunteer having the time that would be allotted to the hearing of my contempt petition (20 hours at the very least, if Prashant Bhushan’s hearing is anything to go by), to other matters and parties who have not been as lucky and privileged as I am to jump the queue. 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.”
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.