Twitter grilled for Kamra tweets on Supreme Court
A parliamentary committee questioned Twitter on Thursday over the recent “obscene” tweets by stand-up comedian Kunal Kamra on the Supreme Court.
Panel chairperson Meenakshi Lekhi said Twitter had been asked to reply within seven days.
The questioning came close on the heels of Twitter apologising in writing to the same parliamentary panel for wrongly showing Ladakh in China and promising to correct the error by the month-end.
Twitter India representatives deposed before the Joint Committee of Parliament on Data Protection Bill on Thursday. “It is shameful that Twitter is allowing its platform for obscene remarks like the one by stand-up comedian Kunal Kamra against the Supreme Court and the CJI,” Lekhi told reporters in Delhi.
“Twitter is allowing its platform to be misused for abusing top constitutional authorities, such as the Supreme Court and the CJI,” she added.
Kamra had tweeted on the Supreme Court over its decision to grant interim bail to Republic TV managing director Arnab Goswami in a suicide attempt case. Attorney-general K.K. Venugopal, the country’s topmost law officer, has given the go-ahead for contempt proceedings against Kamra for tweeting that “honour has left the building (Supreme Court) long back” and “the Supreme Court of this country is the most Supreme joke of this country”, and also uploading a morphed picture depicting the apex court adorned in the saffron colour.
Lekhi said members of the committee across the political spectrum, including Congress MP Vivek Tankha, BSP MP Ritesh Pandey and BJD MP Bhatruhari Mahtab, grilled Twitter representatives over the tweets.
Lekhi said Twitter’s explanation on banning handles and tweets was inadequate.
Kamra has refused to retract his tweets or apologise for them.