Attorney General KK Venugopal has refused to give consent to initiate contempt proceedings against actress Swara Bhaskar.
The application regarding the contempt was filed by Advocate Anuj Saxena under Section 15 of Contempt of Courts Act, 1971, read with Rule 3 of Contempt proceedings of Supreme Court, 1975, which alleges that she attacked the court by saying that “courts are not sure if they believe in the constitution”. Also, Bhaskar said that we are in a country where the Supreme Court firstly said that demolition of Babri Masjid is unlawful and then granted them some rewards.
But KK Venugopal mentioned that the statement made by the actress in regard to Babri Masjid judgement is merely a perception of the speaker and not an attack on the Supreme Court. It does not offer any comment on the Supreme Court or anything that would lower the authority of the Supreme Court. And he also mentioned that any such generalized statements will not be entertained by the court.
Being unsatisfied with the reasons provided by AGI, the petitioner has approached the Solicitor General of India under Rule 3 (c), as under this both Attorney General and Solicitor General can provide the consent.