Supreme Court stays criminal contempt proceedings against Arundhati Roy
The Nagpur bench of the Bombay high court initiated the proceedings taking cognisance of her alleged remarks against the judiciary for not granting bail to former Delhi University professor GN Saibabaindia Updated: Jul 03, 2017 14:08 IST
The Supreme Court on Monday stayed criminal contempt proceedings against author and activist Arundhati Roy.
The proceedings were initiated suo motu by the Nagpur bench of the Bombay high court in 2015 taking cognisance of her alleged remarks against the judiciary for not granting bail to former Delhi University professor GN Saibaba’s, who was facing criminal charges for being a Maoist “sympathiser.”
Roy has challenged the proceedings before the SC.
A bench headed by Chief Justice JS Khehar admitted the appeal and stayed the proceedings. This means the case against Roy would not proceed in the high court until the apex court decides her plea, which as per the SC rules would be heard after three years.
Earlier in the day, to the court’s query whether Roy would apologise for her remarks, her counsel answered in negative.
The lawyer later told HT: “Arundhati wrote an article on the medical condition of the professor. But she never criticised the judiciary for not granting Saibaba bail as has been alleged.”
First Published: Jul 03, 2017 14:08 IST