The Delhi High Court Tuesday issued a stay on the bailable arrest warrant issued against I&B Ministry Secretary Sunil Arora by Press Council of India (PCI) for failing to comply with the summons to appear before it.
Justice Manmohan also restrained PCI from proceeding further against Arora in pursuance to its March 17 decision to institute a suo motu inquiry into “continued apathy” of the ministry towards the activities of the Council.
“Issue notice to respondent (PCI), returnable on May 4. In the meantime, the resolution dated March 17, 2016 as well as the impugned orders issuing summons and warrants of April 1, 2016 and April 11, 2016 respectively and the proceedings in pursuance to that order is stayed,” the court said.
The order came on a plea by the Centre challenging the suo motu inquiry being conducted by the Council and the summons and warrants issued by PCI on April 1 and April 11 respectively.
ASG Sanjay Jain told the court that PCI did not have the jurisdiction to issue such orders. The bench asked the Centre to try to amicably resolve the issue.
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