Arundhati Roy: Supreme Court stays criminal contempt proceedings

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The apex court on Monday gave relief to the writer Arundhati Roy and stayed the criminal contempt proceedings against her in connection with the case related to the bail plea of GN Saibaba.

The Bombay High Court has issued a contempt criminal notice in 2015, against the writer for allegedly criticizing its decision to reject former Delhi University professor G N Saibaba’s bail plea.

Following this, Justice AB Chaudhari of the HC’s Nagpur bench said in a statement,  “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”.

It was reported that the professor was arrested in the year 2014 by the Gadchiroli police for his links with Maoists.

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