On Monday, the Supreme Court adjourned by four weeks, hearing three petitions that sought criminal contempt action against Kunal Kamra concerning his tweets about the Supreme Court.
The adjournment was made as one of the petitioners sought time to file a rejoinder to counter the affidavit submitted by Kamra. The Bench granted four weeks and ordered that the case be listed after that period.
A Bench comprising Hon’ble Justice Ashok Bhushan and Hon’ble Justice R Subash Reddy considered the petition filed by Skand Bajpai, Shrirang Kantneshwarkar Abhyudaya Mishra. These petitions were tagged in a case filed by one Anuj Singh seeking contempt action because of a middle finger tweet and related Instagram post.
Kamra filed his affidavit and stated that his tweets were not intended to insult the Court but draw attention to various things that affect society. He also stated public faith in the judiciary could not be shaken in the society.
He went on to state that Courts were not beyond criticism and democracy and went on to state that judicial and constitutional offices know no protection from jokes. He mentioned that he is sure that his jokes cannot affect the Court or offices’ functioning.
On December 18, Supreme Court issued notice to Kamra on petitions seeking criminal contempt action against his tweets and posts.