AG Venugopal said Taneja’s tweets had presented the Supreme Court of India ‘as biased towards the ruling party.’
Barely two weeks after he okayed contempt charges against stand-up comic Kunal Kamra, Attorney General of India KK Venugopal has now allowed a law student to initiate contempt of court proceedings against another comic, Rachita Taneja, over her tweets on the Supreme Court.
Granting consent to Aditya Kashyap, a law student, Attorney General Venugopal said that Taneja’s tweets had presented the Supreme Court of India “as biased towards the ruling party.”
I have examined the three tweets and the cartoons depicted in the tweets. I am satisfied that each one of them is intended to denigrate the Supreme Court of India and to lower its authority in the eyes of the people,” wrote the Attorney-General in response to Kashyap’s request.
What did Taneja tweet?
Following the Supreme Court’s decision to grant interim bail to television anchor Arnab Goswami, Taneja, who tweets from a handle by the name of @sanitarypanels, had on 12 November posted a caricature in which there were three characters.
While one of the characters carried the text BJP in its face, the other was named Supreme Court. In between these two characters, a rather small character – the only one with hair on scalp – could be seen with a microphone with ‘R’ written on it.
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