Cartoonists have drawn more cartoons criticising the Supreme Court of India in response to the Contempt of Court case against the Sanitary Panels cartoonist.

Social media cartoonist Rachita Taneja aka Sanitary Panels was accused of ‘contempt of court’. As per a Bar and Bench report, on 1st December 2020, Attorney General KK Venugopal gave his consent to initiate the proceedings of the case at the request of a law student Aditya Kashyap. The AG has mentioned in a letter that the cartoons depict that the “Supreme Court of India was biased towards the ruling party”. 

Cartoonist Rachita has been a vocal critic of the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP). She has drawn various cartoons criticising the decisions taken by the current government. In a recent cartoon, Rachita criticised the interim bail granted to Republic Media Network editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami by SC. In the cartoon, a reporter standing with BJP and SC says, “Tu Janta Nahi Mera Baap Kaun Hai (you don’t know who my father is).”

In another cartoon, a saffron flag has been placed on the top of the Court and it has been titled “SANGHI COURT OF INDIA”. The caption with the cartoon reads, “Arnab gets bail, real journalists get jail, independent judiciary is fail.”

However, this has agitated the cartoonist community who view this as an attack on freedom of speech. Several cartoonists have drawn cartoons in favour of Rachita, criticising the Supreme Court. Stating “In solidarity with @sanitarypanels” on social media platforms, many cartoonists have expressed that an attack on one of them is an attack on all of them.

Here are some of the artworks drawn in favour of Rachita’s art:

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