The Attorney General for India, KK Venugopal has refused to grant consent for initiating contempt proceedings against author Shefali Vaidya for her tweets over the Supreme Court.
A complaint was filed by activist Saket Gokhale against Author Shefali Vaidya to which the AG responded that the said tweets were made over a year ago and the complaint is barred by the limitation period prescribed under Section 20 of the Contempt of Courts Act, 1971.
"I have examined the tweets referred to by you which have apparently been posted by Ms. Shefali Vaidya on her twitter page. I find that each of the tweets has been published over one year ago. I may draw your attention to Section 20 of the Contempt of Courts Act, 1971, which bars the initiation of any contempt action either suo motu or otherwise after the expiry of one year from the date of the allegedly contumacious conduct.”
The Attorney General further stated that in such circumstances, no action can be taken against Ms. Shefali Vaidya without going into the merits of the request.