Kunal Kamra and Rachita Taneja facing contempt of court charges in the Supreme Court

Comedian Kunal Kamra and illustrator Rachita Taneja have been issued notices over their tweets and illustrations criticising the Supreme Court and its judges on Friday.

A bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, R Subhash Reddy and MR Shah issued the notice, asking them to explain why contempt actions should not be taken against them for ‘scandalising the judiciary’.

Kamra and Taneja have been asked to file their replies in six weeks. The court, however, has said that there is no need to appear in person before the court.

Eight people, mostly lawyers, filed cases against Kunal Kamra, who faces contempt cases over his tweets attacking the Apex Court for granting Arnab Goswami bail after his arrest in an abetment to suicide case.

KK Venugopal, the government’s top law officer, gave consent to initiate contempt proceedings against illustrator Rachita Taneja earlier this month. He said that the cartoonist’s illustrations on the Supreme Court were “gross insinuation” against the top court of the country and “audacious assault and insult to the institution”.

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