Attorney General KK Venugopal grants consent to initiate contempt of court case against Yati Narsinghanand

Narsinghanand's statements were made in response to questions posed about the Court proceedings in the Haridwar Hate Speech cases.

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Attorney General (AG) KK Venugopal on Friday granted consent to activist Shachi Nelli for initiation of criminal contempt of court proceedings against Yati Narsinghanand over his recent derogatory remarks against the Supreme Court.

The AG found that Narsinghanand’s statement “those who believe in this system, these politicians, in the Supreme Court, and in the Army will all die the death of a dog”, was a direct attempt to lower the authority of the Supreme Court in the minds of the general public.
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.

Nelli had, therefore, written to the AG seeking his consent for the same.

In her letter seeking consent, Nelli had stated that in an interview given by Narsinghanand which went viral on social media platform Twitter, he went on to make his contempt for the Supreme Court and the Constitution of India clear by saying, “we have no trust in the Supreme Court of India and the Constitution. The Constitution will consume the 100 crore Hindus of this country. Those who believe in this Constitution will be killed. Those who believe in this system, in these politicians, in the Supreme Court, and in the Army will all die the death of a dog.”

Narsinghanand’s statements were made in response to questions posed about the Court proceedings in the Haridwar Hate Speech cases.

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It emphasised that to permit these remarks to pass unaddressed will be to allow this attempt of lowering the authority of the Supreme court to succeed, if not wholly then in considerable measure.

“The Supreme Court of India is the first interpreter and the guardian of the Constitution of India. It is appalling to see the lack of faith and sheer contempt being expressed towards the fundamental frameworks of this country. The intent to undermine the Court and its capacity to dispense justice is evident,” the letter said.

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