slams notice on Roy, spares Patkar
DELHI, AUGUST 28: FINDING remarks of Booker Prize winner
and Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) activist Arundhati Roy against
the judiciary ‘‘prima facie contemptuous’’, the Supreme Court
today issued a notice to her asking her to show cause why
contempt proceedings not be initiated against her.
remarks find mention in her affidavit filed in response to
a petition seeking action against NBA leader Medha Patkar,
lawyer Prashant Bhushan and her for allegedly making derogatory
remarks against the judiciary during a dharna by the NBA before
the court in December last year. They were protesting against
the decision to allow raising of the Sardar Sarovar dam height.
Patkar and Bhushan from the proceedings, a bench comprising
Justice G.B. Pattanaik and Justice Ruma Pal took strong exception
to the way the author had attributed motives to the judiciary
and later taken a defiant stand.
Pal, writing for the bench, said: ‘‘We find the remarks of
Roy prima facie contemptuous...She has imputed motives to
the court and accused the courts of harassing her.’’
bench said it was conscious of the fact that she stood by
her remarks while issuing a notice to her to show cause why
contempt proceedings be not initiated against her.
court had reserved its verdict on August 2 saying that if
it felt that there was nothing against the respondents, it
would discharge them. However, if it was of the view that
an inquiry was needed to establish facts, it would order so.