Standup comedian Kunal Kamra has refused to apologize to the Supreme Court. He has said in his affidavit, should powerful people and institutions continue to express their inability to tolerate reprimand or criticism? We will be reduced to a country of unorganized artists and will flourish lapdogs. ‘ He said if the Supreme Court believes that I have crossed a line and wants to shut down my internet indefinitely, then like my Kashmiri friends, I will write a Happy Independence Day postcard every August 15.
Kunal Kamra’s response to the SC notice
Kamra has filed his affidavit in response to the notice stating that even the judges do not know any protection from jokes. This public confidence in the judiciary is founded on the institution’s actions, not on anyone’s criticism or comment. He said, “Comedians like Munawar Farooqui are put in jail for jokes. We see an attack on freedom of speech and expression which they have not done. School students are being questioned for treason. ”
Kunal Kamra has stated in his affidavit that jokes are not reality and he does not claim to be so. His lawyer has argued in the court that no defense is required for jokes, and this is based on the notion of a comedian.
Kunal Kamra was issued a notice of contempt on December 18 for allegedly defaming the judiciary and judges through his social media posts. Attorney General KK Venugopal gave his consent to initiate contempt proceedings.
Let us tell you that the bench of Justice Ashok Bhushan, R Subhash Reddy and MR Shah will hear the case on Friday at 12 noon. The case of another comedian, Rachita Taneja, on charges of insulting the judiciary and judges will also be heard.