Rajdeep sardesai
Rajdeep sardesai

[Breaking] AG KK Venugopal declines to give consent to initiate contempt proceedings against Rajdeep Sardesai

"Trifling remarks and mere passing criticism though perhaps distasteful are unlikely to tarnish the image of the institution", AG Venugopal has said in his letter declining to grant consent.

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Attorney General for India KK Venugopal has declined to grant consent for initiating contempt proceedings against journalist Rajdeep Sardesai over his tweets critiquing the Court's sentencing verdict in the Prashant Bhushan case and other tweets concerning the judiciary.

Referring to five tweets by Sardesai pinpointed by the complainant, Astha Khurana, AG Venugopal has said,

"I find that the statements made by Shri Sardesai are not so serious a nature as to undermine the majesty of the Supreme Court or lower its stature in the minds of the public. The reputation of the Supreme Court as one of the great pillars of our democracy has been built assiduously over the last 70 years."
"Trifling remarks and mere passing criticism though perhaps distasteful are unlikely to tarnish the image of the institution."
Attorney General KK Venugopal

In his complaint, Khurana, through Advocates on Record Om Prakash Parihar and Dushyant Tiwari, had stated that the tweets by the India Today anchor critiquing the Apex Court verdict in Bhushan's contempt case was nothing but a "cheap publicity stunt."

According to the complainant, the tweets incited a feeling of "no confidence" in the minds of people about the Court and "scandalises the court."

The complainant had also called Sardesai a "habitual contemnor".

Khurana therefore sought to initiate contempt proceedings under Section 2(1)(c) of the Contempt of Courts Act, 1971 for Sardesai's "wilful disobedience of the Court orders and judgments".

However, AG Venugopal has now declined to grant the consent sought for the initiation of criminal contempt proceedings against Sardesai stating,

"I do not find any warrant for initiation of proceedings of criminal contempt. I accordingly decline consent."

Read the Letter:

Letter to Mr. Omprakash Parihar.pdf
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