Stand up comic Kunal Kamra faces contempt charges for tweets

The Attorney General has approved the plea for contempt against Kamra based on several letters it received


Attorney General, KK Venugopal gave his nod for proceeding against stand-up comedian Kunal Kamra on charges of contempt for posting comments against the Supreme Court and its judges on Twitter. Kamra has been known to speak up against the socio-political scene through his social media handles and this time he has been found in trouble for it. Undeterred, Kamra, as if he expected such action, kept posting tweets from his Twitter handle about the contempt action against him.



The tweets that landed Kamra in trouble are still on Twitter.



In one of his tweets, he posted a picture of the Supreme Court in the foreground and replaced the tricolour flag of India with the flag of the ruling BJP

Indian Express reported that those who wrote to the AG included Shrirang Katneshwarkar, a law student from Aurangabad; Rizwan Siddiquee, an advocate; and two Pune-based lawyers, Amey Abhay Sirsikar and Abhishek Sharad Raskar.

The AG, in his reply to the letters seeking consent for initiating contempt against Kamra, stated, “I find that today people believe that they can boldly and brazenly condemn the Supreme Court of India and its judges by exercising what they believe is their freedom of speech. But under the Constitution, the freedom of speech is subject to the law of contempt and I believe that it is time that people understand that attacking the Supreme Court of India unjustifiedly and brazenly will attract punishment under the Contempt of Courts Act, 1972”.

Kamra tweets were a comment on the Supreme Court’s observations made in the order granting interim bail to Republic TV’s Arnab Goswami.


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