Supreme Court stays criminal proceedings against Arundhati Roy for criticising Bombay High Court

In a relief to renowned author Arundhati Roy, the Supreme Court on Monday stayed criminal contempt proceedings against her, which was being heard at Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court, ANI reported.

The case pertains to a 2015 article written by Roy in Outlook magazine criticising the Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court for refusing bail to Delhi University professor GN Saibaba.

While initiating the proceedings against Roy, The Indian Express had quoted Justice AB Chaudhary of the Nagpur bench as making the following observation, "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 by the Maharashtra Police in May 2014 for his alleged connection to Maoists. He was granted bail in July 2015, which was cancelled by the Bombay High Court in December 2015. He was finally granted bail by the Supreme Court in April 2016, yet, there was no respite for the wheel-chair bound professor.

In March 2017, a sessions court in Gadricholi convicted the Delhi University professor and five others for their alleged connection with the banned CPI(Maoists). Saibaba was sentenced to a life term.

Updated Date: Jul 03, 2017 14:05 PM

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