Apex Court stays privilege motion notice to Shobhaa De
The Supreme Court on Tuesday stayed the breach of privilege motion notice issued against author Shobhaa De by Maharashtra Assembly Speaker for her tweets on the state government's decision to make it mandatory for multiplexes to screen Marathi movies during prime time. A bench of justices Dipak Misra and Prafulla C Pant also issued notice to the parties concerned and sought their response within eight weeks on the plea of De.
The socialite-columnist had moved the apex court against the notice issued by the Assembly Speaker following a complaint against her by a Shiv Sena law maker alleging that her series of tweets insulted Marathi language and Marathi speaking people. Senior advocate C A Sundaram, appearing for De, said, "Comments were made against the decision of the government and it does not breach any privilege of the Assembly". He also said that the apex court in its various decisions has described the privileges of the Assembly and the writer has not breached any.
Earlier this month, Legislature Principal Secretary Anant Kalse had issued a notice to De asking her to explain her tweets about the decision to make it mandatory for multiplexes to screen Marathi movies during prime time.