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‘No retraction, no apologies’: Comedian Kunal Kamra on his charges of contempt

Indian stand-up comedian Kunal Kamra, who’s presently facing charges of contempt over his tweets which criticised the Indian Supreme Court, today took to Twitter to say that he would neither ‘retract his posts nor apologise for them.’

Kamra had taken a jibe at the Indian Supreme Court for granting TV anchor Arnab Goswami a reprieve after his arrest in an abetment to suicide case.

“I don’t intend to retract my tweets or apologise for them. I believe they speak for themselves,” the Mumbai-based comic tweeted.

“No lawyers, no apology, no fine, no waste of space”, he added.

Permitting eight people to file criminal contempt cases against Kamra, Attorney General KK Venugopal in a letter said that ‘he had crossed a line’.

“It is time that people understand attacking the Supreme Court unjustifiably and brazenly will lead to punishment,” Venugopal said in a letter replying to a lawyer who had asked his sanction to take Kamra to court.

Highlighting tweets that he believed were out of line with “gross insinuation” against the Supreme Court and its judges he remarked: “Today people boldly and brazenly condemn the Supreme Court and its judges in what they believe is freedom of speech.”

Law Student Shirang Katneshwarkar and two lawyers had written to the Attorney General about the comic’s tweet.

Kamra has been outraging on Twitter over the Supreme Court granting interim bail to Arnab Goswami a week after his arrest over the suicide of an architect, Anvay Naik, and his mother in 2018.

Pulling up the Maharashtra government over the Republic TV anchor’s arrest, Judges DY Chandrachud and Indira Banerjee said: “If we as a constitutional court do not lay down law and protect liberty, then who will?”

Earlier this year, Kamra was also banned by several airlines after he ‘heckled’ Arnab Goswami on an IndiGo flight from Mumbai to Lucknow.

 

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