The Attorney General (AG) of India K. K. Venugopal has declined to grant consent on August 23rd, 2020, in contempt proceedings against Swara Bhasker. The plea was moved before Supreme Court seeking the initiation of criminal contempt of court proceedings against actress Swara Bhasker for her comments at an event hosted by the “Mumbai Collective” in February. The statements in question were allegedly made Bhaskar, pertaining to the Supreme Court’s verdict in the Ayodhya land dispute case. At the event, Swara Bhasker was stated to have commented, inter alia, “We are now in a situation where courts are not sure whether they believe in the constitution”.AG Venugopal said that the statements were related to the SC judgment and was not an attack on the institution and did not offer any comment on the supreme court itself. He also added that the comments made by Bhasker were a “factual one” and stated that they were the part of the “perception of the speaker”.
The petitioner has now approached the Solicitor General (SG), Tushar Mehta, and has contended that the petitioner differs with the reasoning given by AG Venugopal.