Filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri has been discharged in a contempt of court case by the Delhi High Court after he tendered an unconditional apology for a tweet criticizing a court order related to the Citizenship Amendment Act.
Delhi High Court acquits Vivek Agnihotri in contempt case
On April 10, 2023, The Delhi High Court discharged film producer Vivek Agnihotri in a contempt of court case. The matter was related to a tweet by Agnihotri, in which he had commented on a court order. The court acquitted him after tendering an unconditional apology.
In March 2023, Vivek Agnihotri tweeted about a court order in a case related to the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). The tweet criticized the order and the court took suo motu cognizance of it. The court had issued notice to Agnihotri and he appeared before it on April 10.
During the hearing, Agnihotri apologized for his tweet and said that he had no intention to defame the court or undermine its authority. He also said that he is ready to delete the tweet and requested the court to discharge him in the case.
While acquitting Agnihotri, the Delhi High Court said that the apology was serious and there was no need to pursue the matter further. The court also noted that Agnihotri had not repeated the same mistake and had taken down the tweet.
The court’s decision was welcomed by Agnihotri and his supporters, who took to social media to express their happiness. Agnihotri thanked the court for its decision and said that he has always respected the judiciary.
lessons to be learned
The Vivek Agnihotri case highlights the importance of being careful while commenting on court orders. It is necessary to understand that courts are institutions of justice and must be respected by all citizens. Criticizing a court order may amount to contempt of court, which is a serious offence.
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It is also essential to remember that social media is a powerful tool that can be used to express one’s opinion. However, with this freedom comes responsibility, and caution should be exercised when using social media. Content posted on social media must be accurate, respectful and must not infringe on the rights of others.
The discharge of Vivek Agnihotri in a contempt case by the Delhi High Court reminds all citizens that courts are institutions of justice and must be respected. It is necessary to exercise caution and use social media responsibly while commenting on court orders. The case also highlights the importance of taking responsibility for one’s actions and apologizing when necessary.
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