New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday issued a show-cause notice to the Secretary of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly asking why contempt proceedings should not be initiated against him over a letter to Republic TV Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami about the privilege notice issued against him, ANI reported.
A bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice of India Sharad Arvind Bobde, also said that Arnab Goswami should not be arrested in the case till the next date of hearing. Senior advocate Harish Salve, appearing for Arnab Goswami, submitted that Arnab is in jail. “He is being threatened, questioned. Case after case after case is being filed against him. He needs relief in this case,” Salve said, ANI reported.
Salve was allowed to make the Central government a party to the case by the bench. Besides, senior advocate Arvind Datar was appointed as an Amicus Curiae in the matter, the report said.
The apex court was hearing a plea filed by Arnab Goswami challenging a breach of privilege motion moved against him in the Maharashtra Assembly for criticising Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.