'Contempt of Court' case against Arundhati Roy

On March 6th, 2002, the Supreme Court issued its judgement on the case of criminal contempt of court by Arundhati Roy. On this page, we've provided some background on the issue, appeals for action issued before March 6th, analysis of the issue, and media coverage of the same.

Appeal for action and background of the case:

The document titled Arundhati Roy & Criminal Contempt of the Supreme Court of India provides a good background of the contempt case: the events that led to the filing of the first criminal contempt case against Prashant Bhushan, Medha Patkar, and Arundhati Roy; the subsequent dropping of charges against Prashant Bhushan and Medha Patkar; and the filing of a second criminal contempt case against Arundhati Roy.

However, this is not the first time that the Supreme Court acted in this manner. Earlier in 1999, it took offense with Arundhati Roy's essay The Greater Common Good and also with the statements of the NBA and deliberated for a while whether to charge them with a contempt of court. This issue is covered in the documents listed here: