Controversial stand-up comic Kunal Kamra has clarified that he does not regret his tweets made after the Supreme Court granted interim bail to Republic TV’s editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami. Kunal Kamra has said that he stands by what he had said and the Supreme Court, rather than allocating time to the contempt pleas against him, should allocate time to cases on more important issues.
Kunal Kamra took to Twitter on Tuesday to clarify his stand over the controversy that erupted over his tweets against the apex court order. Notably, attorney general KK Venugopal gave his consent to a law student and two lawyers among eight people to file criminal contempt case against Kamra.
“No lawyers, No apology, No fine, No waste of space,” Kunal Kamra tweeted while explaining his stand on the subject.
The attorney general, while giving consent, 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 had 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.
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 criticised for being excessive for the incident and against the existing rules of DGCA.
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