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After consenting to contempt proceedings, attorney general KK Venugopal argues against curbs on free speech on social media

After consenting to multiple contempt of court proceedings for social media posts in the recent past, Attorney General KK Venugopal has said that curbing of free speech on social media is "unbecoming of a healthy democracy", reported Times of India and NDTV. Venugopal said the contempt proceedings were an option only when someone misused their freedom, thereby leaving the government and courts no other option. Venugopal has consented to contempt proceedings against comedian Kunal Kamra and more recently, cartoonist Rachita Taneja for being critical of the Supreme Court. Kamra and Taneja's tweets, in the light of journalist Arnab Goswami getting bail, were flagged by people (mostly law students), asking the Attorney General to consent to initiate contempt proceedings against them. Curbing free speech on social media will be very wrong for democracy, and citizens should have the freedom to express their…

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