SC adjourns listening to in breach of privilege proceedings towards Arnab Goswami

Tribune News Service
New Delhi, October 12

The Supreme Court on Monday adjourned hearing on Republic TV Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami’s petition against breach of privilege proceedings initiated by Maharashtra Assembly 

Chief Justice of India SA Bobde recalled how his father Arvind Shrinivas Bobde and noted jurist Nani Palakhivala had also received similar notices from the Maharashtra Assembly.

The CJI’s comments came after senior advocate Harish Salve submitted on behalf of Goswami that the journalist was worried that the Assembly might take his refusal to accept notice of the motion as confrontational.

The Bench specifically wanted to know if the Assembly’s privilege committee had taken note of the show-cause notice or not.

The Supreme Court had on September 30 issued notice to the Maharashtra Assembly Secretary on Goswami’s petition challenging a notice breach of privilege issued to him for his alleged remarks against Chief Minister Uddhav Thackrey in Sushant Singh Rajput death case.

It had asked the Maharashtra Assembly Secretary to respond to Goswami’s petition within a week after senior advocate Harish Salve, representing Goswami, submitted his client didn’t interfere with the proceedings of the House or any of its committees.

“There is only breach of privilege notice and there is no motion initiated,” the Bench said.

Rajput, a Bollywood actor, was allegedly found hanging at his Bandra residence in Mumbai on June 14. The Supreme Court on August 19 ordered a CBI probe into his unnatural death, saying, “A fair, competent and impartial investigation is the need of the hour”. 

Salve had argued that a defamation complaint could be filed and there was no interference in the proceedings of the House.

Unless there was interference in the functioning of the House or its committees breach of privilege motion can’t be initiated against an outsider. He had said he would come back to the court if anything adverse orders were passed against Goswami.


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