Supreme Court stays criminal contempt proceedings against Arundhati Roy

In 2015, the Bombay High Court issued a contempt criminal notice against Roy for criticising its decision to reject former Delhi University professor G N Saibaba's bail plea. The criminal contempt proceedings case was being heard by the Nagpur bench.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 3, 2017 5:06 pm
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The Supreme Court on Monday stayed the criminal contempt proceedings against author and activist Arundhati Roy. The case was being heard by the Nagpur bench of the high court. A bench of Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud also granted the leave of appeal to Roy and listed her plea against the issuance of criminal contempt notice by the Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court for final hearing.

Initially, the court said it wanted to dispose of the case but later considered submissions of senior advocate Chander Uday Singh, appearing for the writer, and observed:”Leave is granted. The proceedings shall remain stayed. Listfor final hearing”.

The apex court had earlier refused to stay the contempt notice issued against Roy by the High Court on December 23, 2015 for her views on the arrest of Saibaba and the rejection of his bail plea early last year. The bench had also declined to exempt her from personal appearance before a single judge of the Nagpur Bench of the high court.

In 2015, the Bombay High Court issued a contempt criminal notice against Roy for criticising its decision to reject former Delhi University professor G N Saibaba’s bail plea.

Justice A B Chaudhari of the HC’s Nagpur bench had observed, “Calling the government and police as being ‘afraid’ of the applicant, ‘abductor’ and ‘thief’, and the magistrate from a ‘small town’, demonstrate the surly, rude and boorish attitude of the author in a most tolerant country like India.”

Saibaba was arrested in 2014 by the Gadchiroli police for his alleged links with Maoists. In an article published by the Outlook, Roy expressed reservations on his arrest too.

“The author has even gone to the extent of scandalising and questioning the credibility of the higher judiciary by giving examples of the orders of bail granted to Babu Bajrangi, Maya Kodnani and Amit Shah,” Justice Chaudhari had said.

with PTI inputs

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  1. narayan kutty
    Jul 27, 2017 at 2:15 pm
    Judiciary always favour anti nationals.
    1. Atul Sapre
      Jul 4, 2017 at 6:20 am
      Reading some of the comments that were veiled attack on Christianity, left me wondering why the upper caste Hindus fear conversions?. The fact is that most conversions are of Dalits and Mahadalits- in any case Hinduism holds them in contempt. My hypothesis is that the caste Hindus feel the loss of economic gains they make under the caste system
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        Raj V
        Jul 4, 2017 at 4:23 am
        This lady and her work can be ignored without much ado and effects.
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          Ozair Akhtar
          Jul 4, 2017 at 3:14 am
          What would one perceive form the judgements regarding setting killers free! Everyone knows the fact that there are several MPs and MLAs who have serious criminal records. Public also knows the fact that the current government used to call "caged parrot" to NIA, CBI TEC. If judiacry is fine then why government is trying to change the colligium. The country is fortunate to have such selfless, patriotic individuals who are standing up against injustices. Every country has such people, every community has it.
          1. V
            Jul 4, 2017 at 2:00 am
            Sad day for all sanghi Cowtards.
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