Breach of Privilege Case: SC Grants Protection from Arrest to Arnab Goswami, Issue a Show Cause Notice to Maharashtra Legislative Assembly

Maharashtra Legislative Assembly Privilege case: The Supreme Court granted relief to Indian News Anchor and editor-in-chief of Republic TV Arnab Goswami from arrest. The apex court has issued a show-cause notice to the secretary of Maharashtra Legislative Assembly on a letter written to Arnab’s about going to the court. A bench headed by Chief Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde said that petitioner Arnab Goswami could not be arrested till the hearing in the privilege case.

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The Supreme Court said that a show-cause notice of contempt of court should not be issued against Maharashtra Assembly Secretary in connection with the petition of Arnab Goswami.

The SC bench of Chief Justice S A Bobde, Justices A S Bopanna, and V Ramasubramanian said, “This is a serious matter and amounts to contempt. The statements are unprecedented and have a tendency to bring the administration of justice into disrepute and in any case, may amount to direct interference in the administration of Justice.”

The bench observed that the intention of the author of the letter seems to be to intimidate the petitioner because he approached this court and to threaten him with a penalty for doing so.

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