Parl panel grills Twitter, comedian Kunal Kamra

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NEW DELHI, Nov 19 (PTI): A parliamentary committee questioned representatives of social media giant Twitter on stand-up comedian Kunal Kamra’s recent ‘obscene’ tweets targeting the Supreme Court and the chief justice of India and sought a reply within seven days, the panel’s chairperson Meenakshi Lekhi said on Thursday.

This came close on the heels of Twitter apologising in writing to the same parliamentary panel for wrongly showing Ladakh in China and promising to correct the error by the month-end.

Twitter India representatives deposed before the Joint Committee of Parliament on Data Protection Bill on Thursday.

“It is shameful that Twitter is allowing its platform for obscene remarks like the one by stand-up comedian Kunal Kamra against the Supreme Court and the CJI,” Lekhi told reporters here.

“Twitter is allowing its platform to be misused for abusing top constitutional authorities, such as Supreme Court and CJI.”

She said members of the committee across political spectrum, including Congress MP Vivek Tankha, BSP MP Ritesh Pandey and BJD MP Bhatruhari Mahtab, grilled Twitter representatives on this issue.

Lekhi also said that explanation of Twitter about banning handles and tweets was found to be inadequate.

Meanwhile, Kamra has refused to retract his controversial tweets against the Supreme Court or apologise for them, saying he believes they “speak for themselves”.

Earlier, attorney general K K Venugopal consented to the initiation of criminal contempt proceedings against him for a series of tweets following the apex court giving interim bail to Republic TV editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami.

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