Before the hearing on a contempt case against him, stand-up comedian Kunal Kamra filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court arguing that if influential individuals and organisations continue to display an unwillingness to accept rebuke or criticism, we will be reduced to a nation of imprisoned artists and thriving lapdogs.
Kamra also declined to give an apology to the top court for his tweet for which a notice of contempt was served against him.”In his affidavit filed by lawyer Pritha Srikumar Iyer, Kamra said, “The confidence of the public in the judiciary is focused on their own conduct, not on criticism of them.
Kamra claimed in his reply that “Irreverence and hyperbole are essential tools for the comedic enterprise” and he did not believe that “any high authority, including judges, would not be able to discharge its duties solely because it was the subject of satire or joke.”
Kamra faces ridicule for his tweets criticising the Supreme Court for granting bail to Republic TV editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami after his arrest in a suicide case. On a batch of petitions seeking contempt action against them for “scandalising the court and reducing its authority by publishing tweets,” the top court provided a notice to stand-up comedian Kunal Kamra and another comic artist, Rachita Taneja.