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Attorney General KK Venugopalon recently granted sanction to initiate criminal contempt proceedings against YouTuber Ajeet Bharti for his alleged remarks against the Supreme Court of India in his videos posted on various social media platforms.

The consent under Section 15 of the Contempt of Courts Act was granted on a letter sent by a lawyer, Pratik Kumar.

While granting consent, AG KK Venugopal said that statements made by Bharti were vulgar, vituperative, outrageous and gross and undoubtedly tend to lower the authority of the Supreme Court of India.

“These statements are vulgar, vituperative, outrageous and gross and undoubtedly tend to lower the authority of the Supreme Court of India and would seriously undermine the confidence that the people have in the institution. I have already granted consent earlier for contempt to be initiated against him,” reads the letter

KK Venugopal said that court bashing is becoming a past time for some.

As per Section 15 of the Contempt of Courts Act, the consent of Attorney General is required before the Supreme Court can hear a criminal contempt of court petition filed by a private individual.

This is second instance of the Attorney General granting sanction against Bharti for his alleged derogatory videos about the Supreme Court and its judges.

In September 2021, the Attorney General had granted sanction to initiate criminal contempt of court case against Bharti for another YouTube Video on a plea by lawyer, Kritika Singh.

[Read AG’s Letter]

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