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SC issues notice to Medha, Arundhati

NEW DELHI, FEB 26: The Supreme Court today issued notices to Narmada Bachao Andolan leaders Medha Patkar and Booker prize winner Arundhati Roy on a petition seeking initiation of contempt proceedings against them for staging demonstration before the apex court and allegedly using derogatory language to lower the dignity of the court.

A division Bench comprising Justice G B Pattanaik and Justice B N Agrawal also issued notice to the counsel for NBA, Prashant Bhushan, on the allegation that he had led the rally before the Supreme Court gate on December 13.

The NBA activists had staged a dharna before a gate of the court to protest the judgement giving clearance to the Narmada Dam project.

The petitioner advocates led by J R Parashar alleged that when they intervened during the rally dissuading the activists to desist from using abusive language, they were assaulted.

Attorney General Soli J Sorabjee, whose assistance the court had sought, said that one could ignore the general conduct of the protestors but if the language alleged to have been used in shouting slogans was true, it prima facie constituted contempt of court.

He, however, said that he wanted to be excused from the case but added that one of the law officers would assist the court in this case.

The Court on October 18 had given green signal for construction of the controversial Sardar Sarovar Dam on the Narmada river up to a height of 138 metres as per the Narmada Water Disputs Tribunal Award.

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