The Hon'ble Supreme Court of India on Thursday has granted an interim stay to senior journalist Manoranjana Sinh in the criminal defamation case filed against by Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi. The apex court agreed to examine the constitutional validity of Sections 499 and 500 of the Indian Penal Code at the instance of Manoranjana Sinh after she challenged the provisions under IPC in relation to the complaint filed against her by Gogoi.
Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi had filed a complaint against Manoranjana Sinh, one time proprietor of NeTV on accounts of broadcasting a series of reports against him accounting him for criminal conduct by financing ULFA separatists during the 2007 National Games held in Guwahati in an effort to buy peace with them.
Sinh had alleged that crores of rupees had been given to ULFA men to ensure that the 33rd National Games take place peacefully in the face of their threatening to subvert the Games. The prosecutor has been asked to respond within 4 weeks. The matter is likely to be now heard on July 8 with other similar matters raised by Subramanyam Swami, Arvind Kejriwal and Rahul Gandhi.