In the wake of the Attorney General’s consent to contempt of Court proceedings against stand-up comedian Kunal Kamra over the latter’s tweets on the Supreme Court which the AG had opined were contemptuous, RAJU Z MORAY pens a poem to say that going ahead with the contempt case against Kamra will be a waste of precious judicial time, and the system will have to pay the price for it.
Among the many fires to stoke
The one that rouses an old man
Is the telling of a Supreme Joke
As only a stand-up comic can
Humorists don’t dress up wounds
They love to rub some salt in
Thus funny tales are remembered
After boring judgments are forgotten
The greatest of all our freedoms
A freedom which cannot be bought
Is the freedom to voice our feelings
To tweet an irreverent thought
When Milords develop allergies
Forget what it is to be a sport
There is a multitude itching to say
Honour has indeed left the court
A busy old man is bombarded
By a flood of requests to sue
To save himself from drowning
He says do what you want to do!
The authorised ones are happy
Anticipating moments of glory
The alleged contemnor is smiling
He has a platform to tell his story!
To protect the majesty of the law
Precious judicial time will be lost
An anchor will scream his head off
And the system will bear the cost..
(Raju Z Moray is an advocate who practices law in the Bombay High Court when not puncturing bloated egos. He is the creator of ‘Gobble D. Gook’, his alter-ego, who figured in the ‘Court Jester’ columns of ‘The Lawyers’.)