The fine line between freedom of speech and hate speech is yet again nowhere to be found. The Attorney General of India, K.K Venugopal yet again on 20th November, 2020 gave consent to initiate contempt proceedings against Kunal Kamra for his tweet on 18th November, deliberately insulting the Chief Justice of India, S.A Bobde.
The contempt proceeding was filed by Anju Singh, an Allahabad based lawyer. The Attorney General commented that the said tweets were “grossly vulgar and obnoxious” and “tend to lower the authority of the Supreme Court of India”.
For initiating contempt of court proceeding, the consent of either the Solicitor General or the Attorney General is required, as stated under section 15 of the Contempt of Court Act, 1971.
The Attorney General previously had granted his consent to various other contempt proceedings against Kamra, where he dishonoured the national flag, the Hon’ble Judges and the Supreme Court Building. Kamra’s tweets went bitter and bitter after each contempt proceedings.
The backdrop of this out lash comes from the day when the Editor in Chief of Republic Media Network, Mr. Arnab Goswami was granted Bail by the Hon’ble Supreme Court in a 2018 case accusing him of abetment to suicide. Justice DY Chandrachud had asked the High Courts to uphold personal liberty.