New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday, issued a notice of contempt to the secretary of Maharashtra assembly for writing a letter to Editor-in-chief of Republic TV Arnab Goswami for violating the confidentiality of proceedings of the House by approaching the top court against the breach of privilege notice.
The bench was headed by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde appointed senior advocate Arvind Datar, as amicus to assist in the matter.
The apex court asked the secretary of Maharashtra Assembly to be present during the hearing on the letter, which will be held after two weeks. It also ordered that Goswami will not be arrested in the privilege matter.
The Court said, “The clear intention of the author of the letter seems to be to intimidate the petitioner because he approached the Court and to threaten him with a penalty for doing so,” was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.
“The assembly should be well advised to understand that the right to approach this Court under Art 32 of Constitution is itself a fundamental right,” it added.
A notice was issued by the court to Attorney General KK Venugopal to assist in this matter. The letter of October 13 was produced in the court by Goswami’s lawyer Harish Salve. He submitted an application with an affidavit by Goswami’s wife as he is currently in jail custody.
Arnab was arrested on Wednesday from his residence in Mumbai in connection with a case of abetment of suicide. Anvay Naik and his mother Kumud Naik allegedly committed suicide and named Goswami along with three others in the suicide note for not paying the loan of Rs 5.4 crore.