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Kunal Kamra may face contempt charges for tweets against SC in Arnab Goswami case


Controversial stand-up comic Kunal Kamra might face contempt charges for a series of tweets made by him criticising the Supreme Court for granting interim bail to Republic TV’s editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami.

Notably, attorney general KK Venugopal gave his consent to a law student and two lawyers who want to sue the comedian for criminal contempt. The attorney general in his response said it was time for people to understand that attacking the apex court unjustifiably and brazenly will lead to punishment.

Venugopal also said that Kunal Kamra’s tweets were not only in bad taste, but also clearly crossed the line between humour and contempt.

The attorney general said: “The tweet is a gross insinuation against the entirety of the Supreme Court of India and its judges. Today people boldly and brazenly condemn the Supreme Court and its judges in what they believe is freedom of speech.”

Kunal Kamra’s tussle with Arnab Goswami

Kunal Kamra, an observational comedian, is known for his political commentary. Earlier this year, he was banned by five Indian Airlines after an incident on an IndiGo flight, where he “allegedly heckled” Republic TV’s editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami.

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On 28 January, Kamra, while travelling on an IndiGo flight, confronted the 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 the 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.


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