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The statements in question were allegedly made by Swara Bhasker at an event hosted by the "Mumbai Collective". They pertained to the Supreme Court's judgment in the Ayodhya land dispute case.
Attorney General of India KK Venugopal has declined to grant consent in a plea seeking the initiation of criminal contempt of court proceedings against actress Swara Bhasker for her comments at a panel discussion held in February.
AG Venugopal has called the comments made a "factual one" and stated that they were part of the "perception of a speaker."
Referring to the first part of Bhasker's statements that the petitioner asserted is contemptuous, AG Venugopal has said,
The Attorney General's consent was sought in line with the requirement under Section 15 of the Contempt of Courts Act read with Rule (3) of the rules concerning Contempt Proceedings before the Supreme Court.
The petitioner claims that Swara Bhasker has made "derogatory and scandalous" statements against the Supreme Court during her speech.
The statements in question were allegedly made by Bhasker at an event hosted by the "Mumbai Collective". They pertained to the Supreme Court's judgment in the Ayodhya land dispute case.
At this event, Bhasker is stated to have commented, inter alia,
Petitioner Usha Shetty through advocates Anuj Saxena, Prakash Sharma, and Mahek Maheshwari stated that these comments intended to incite a lack of confidence in the judiciary among the people and that they question the integrity of the Court.
Thus, they amount to criminal contempt of Court, falling under the umbrella of "scandalizing the court", the plea states.
The petitioner has now approached the Solicitor-General, Tushar Mehta for permission, contending that the petitioner differs with reasoning given by AG Venugopal.
The AG has maintained that the speech by actor Swara Bhasker "does not offer any comment on the Supreme Court itself" and that the statement does not constitute criminal contempt.
The AG has added that the statement by Bhasker that "We are now in a situation where are courts are not sure whether they believe in the constitution" is a vague statement and is general that no one would take note of it.
Read Attorney General KK Venugopal's Letter: