Friday, November 6, 2020

Supreme Court summons Maharashtra Assembly Secretary for contempt, "intimidating" Arnab Goswami

The Supreme Court on Friday summoned Maharashtra Assembly Secretary for allegedly intimidating Republic TV Editor, Arnab Goswami which the court observed was done with the object of deterring Goswami from moving the Supreme Court. 

A Bench headed by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde took strong exception to a letter written by the Secretary to Goswami on October 13 in which Goswami was allegedly berated for producing before the Supreme Court, the minutes of proceedings sent to him by the Speaker and Privileges Committee of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly in relation to a breach of privilege motion. 

A bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) SA Bobde said that such attempts to prevent citizens from exercising their rights under Article 32 would amount to serious interference with the administration of justice. The Secretary has been asked to be personally present and explain why contempt of court action should not be initiated against him for the October 13 letter. 

The Court also observed that the letter was in the teeth of Article 32 and amounted to a threat to prevent Goswami from moving the Supreme Court. 

"The officer says how did you file this notice in the Supreme Court. How dare he? No one can be stopped from approaching this Court,"

CJI Bode asked Maharashtra 

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