The Supreme Court is pursuing the complaint against Rachita Taneja
On 18 December 2020, the Supreme Court decided to follow up on the contempt complaint against Rachita Taneja for her cartoons, critical of the same institution. An identical decision was taken regarding the comedian Kunal Kamra.
She was notified of the decision and has 6 weeks to prepare her defence and respond. However, she has been exempted from appearing in court.
According to various Indian Media, “in the notices issued by a bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, R Subhash Reddy and MR Shah, the top court has asked them to explain why contempt actions should not be taken against them for “scandalising the judiciary”
The cartoonist risks up to 6 months imprisonment and a fine for having made 3 cartoons about court cases. As CPJ reminds us, ” India purportedly values freedom of speech, but contempt proceedings against Rachita Taneja for her cartoons would instead show intolerance for any form of criticism in the country “.
Cartooning for Peace stands by Rachita and hopes that the Supreme Court will be receptive to criticism and will drop charges.
Translation cartoon | The central figure, Arnab Goswami, surrounded by a figure representing the ruling party (BJP) and the Supreme Court, saying “You don’t know who my father is”.