Arundhati Roy gets contempt notice from Bombay High Court

Faces action for her views on arrest of Delhi University professor Saibaba.

Written by Aamir Khan | Mumbai | Published:December 24, 2015 1:54 am
ARUNDHATI Roy, author arundhati roy, bombay high court, arundhati bombay high court, arundhati court notice, delhi university, arundhati delhi university, arundhati latest news The court said Arundhati Roy appeared to believe that she was “above the law”.

AUTHOR ARUNDHATI Roy was Wednesday issued a criminal contempt notice by the Bombay High Court, for her views on the arrest of Delhi University professor G N Saibaba and the rejection of his bail plea earlier this year. The court said Roy appeared to believe that she was “above the law”.

The court made the observation while rejecting Saibaba’s bail plea on Wednesday. The Gadchiroli police arrested Saibaba last year for alleged links with Maoists. He has been on bail since June, extended later till December 31. Roy had expressed her views on the arrest in an article published this May in Outlook magazine.

Terming her language in the article as “nasty”, the judge wondered if one could relate it to the awards she has won. “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,” Justice A B Chaudhari of the HC’s Nagpur bench observed. The article, which Justice Chaudhari said contained “scurrilous” remarks against the police, the state machinery and the judiciary, has been reproduced in his judgment.

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Justice Chaudhari said a careful reading of the article revealed Roy’s “game plan” to have an order in Saibaba’s favour on merit as well as on medical grounds. He said that she “knew well” that Saibaba’s bail plea had been rejected by Judge S B Shukre. Instead of challenging the order, Roy chose to bash the Centre, the state government, the police machinery and the judiciary, the court said, “prima facie with a mala fide motive to interfere in the administration of justice.”

The court questioned if Roy was an eyewitness to Saibaba’s arrest, given her description of his innocence. The next question was on Roy’s knowledge of Saibaba’s medical condition. The court said it stemmed from her “imagination” and “bombastic ideas” .

“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 said.

The judge also noted that Roy was earlier convicted by the Supreme Court for contempt, She has to reply to the notice by January 25, 2016.

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    Irfan Alam
    Feb 6, 2016 at 2:51 am
    That clown of a judge, would serve the circus more aptly, than what he seems to do with the judiciary. No wonder the court cases keep on piling into crores.
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      Chander Pal
      Dec 24, 2015 at 2:07 am
      She is eager and keen to defy just for the sake of that freedom of speech without any Laxman rekha. Needs to be put on leash.
      1. B
        Dec 24, 2015 at 2:13 am
        Hm...... Who should be called a /COMMIE/NAXAL today? Arundati Roy? All those who clean Modi's back bottom, bash Arundati Roy!!!
        1. N
          Dec 24, 2015 at 2:09 am
          We all know that Highly CORRUPT(HC) and Supremely CORRUPT(SC) are just the MIDDLE FINGERS of ruling party and official THUGS IB.
          1. b
            Dec 24, 2015 at 2:07 am
            There are many brahmin scoundrels using Christian name to mislead people to believe that even Christians are supporting the atrocities carried out by brahmin scoundrels in the name of Hinduism. Examples are Paulraj, Rob,
            1. R
              Dec 24, 2015 at 1:41 am
              Seriously, she is not above the law? Being of such high intelligence and of the Indian Intelligentsia cl she should definitely be above the law. Please, please make her, SRK and Amir Khan all above the law. I am sure she is more deserving than Vadra, Rahul hi and his mother. Don't you remember how aghast Momta Di was to hear that the Italian born Indian queen & her son had to appear in the court?
              1. V
                Dec 24, 2015 at 3:18 am
                Roy ia anti national. She shows true color of a Jihadi enjoy the priviliges of a countey and then work against it. No wonder commies support her
                1. S
                  Dec 24, 2015 at 4:02 am
                  She is anti national, has never missed a chance to belittle India. She hates India but would not leave it and go some where else. Let her go to jail and spend some time there.
                  1. D
                    Dec 24, 2015 at 12:55 am
                    This lady is one of the most rabid communal anti national. She has a history of doing propaa in favor of Kashmiri terrorists, naxalalites and other anti nationals. She must be dealt with strongly by the honorable high court for this 'planned' contempt with an intention to pressurize the judiciary.
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                      Dinesh Solanki
                      Dec 25, 2015 at 2:58 am
                      Arundhatis sense of self righteousness and arrogance since Booker prize knows no bounds . She frequently uses derogatory terms for others who may have different opinion to put bit politely .Not only that she generates falsehoods and tries to get away but sometimes her deliberate falsehoods are caught .For example in her book on Ambedkar she invented falsehood to be able to show hi Ji inferior to Ambedkar . Prof Raj mohan hi to re her theory into pieces exposing her intention to chat readers of thr truth . She actually follows strategy of falsehood perfected by majority of Indian left .Such characters have proven that majority of them are cheats and dishonest ...
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                        HIMANSHU KUMAR
                        Dec 24, 2015 at 7:45 pm
                        Nothing related this incident but I want to mention an other case. The macres of dalits by Ranveer sena goons in Bihar, like macre of 58 Dalits in Lakshmanpur Bathe village in Jehanabad in 1997, 1996 Bathani Tola macre and many more. What happened in those cases ? All the cases, after convicts getting charged and sentenced in lower courts, got transferred to single bench of Patna High court headed by a single judge, belonging to the very caste people belonging to which were convicts. Guess what happened !! all convicts got acquitted. Now matter is taken to Supreme court by the Bihar Government and some of the family members of the victims against acquittal of 23 persons. So it is very naive to say that all is fair to each and everyone in our country.
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                          Krish Menon
                          Dec 24, 2015 at 4:17 pm
                          She is getting definitely what she deserves. She is a creature where it is difficult to find out if she is speaking from her front or from her back side. She has been criticizing India all over the world and she needs to be give a 5 year Rigorous Imprisonment so that she will be a state guest for these years.
                          1. M
                            Dec 24, 2015 at 4:20 am
                            Only in this country we honour and respect people whose only job is to shoot their mouth, accuse people without any proof. They haven't achieved anything practical or worthwhile. People who dare to do something are labeled as chor, corrupt , thieves and thugs.
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                              Mayur Panghaal
                              Dec 24, 2015 at 6:40 am
                              Shanti Bhushan filed affidavit in court naming Corrupt Judges of Supreme court ,high court etc. what is true is true.This looks like a motivated and synchronized action which is becoming more and more common in India since modi came.
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                                Periasamy Sankar
                                Dec 28, 2015 at 5:30 am
                                I fail to understand what the Bombay High Court has found contemptuous in the article, it does look to me fairly reasonable arguments from Ms. Roy on the bail rejection for the wheel chair bound professor. She has not criticized the judges, The governments and the courts can be critisised by citizens.
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                                  Raghunath Phadnis
                                  Dec 24, 2015 at 4:21 am
                                  Another contempt of court.
                                  1. R
                                    Raviforjustice Raviforjustice
                                    Dec 24, 2015 at 3:59 pm
                                    Judiciary has been created as the terror and tyranny arm of government an unless it is reformed lock, stock and barrel, this country can never move forward!
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                                      Raviforjustice Raviforjustice
                                      Dec 24, 2015 at 4:02 pm
                                      Not after Modi came but ever since our Consution was approved because it has created our judiciary as a terror and tyranny arm of government!
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                                        Girish Rao
                                        Dec 23, 2015 at 11:58 pm
                                        Five star activist paid by lobbyist to work against India
                                        1. S
                                          Shafted mohammed
                                          Dec 24, 2015 at 4:28 am
                                          Just hang her .
                                          1. R
                                            Dec 25, 2015 at 6:41 pm
                                            @Dineh : yes you are write.. i have watched her speech when she was in Kashmir with Hurriyat leaders where she clearly mentioned that she does not believe in theory that "Kashmir is an integral part of India." In fact she has crossed the limit so many times for being in a most tolerant country in the world
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