The Maharashtra assembly has given an extension of about two months to the privileged committee to decide whether Republic TV editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami and Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut are guilty of privilege. If found guilty, they can both face punishment, from warning to imprisonment. The panel will also ask them to state their side before making any decision.
Ranaut is accused of “slandering Mumbai” after she compared Mumbai with Pakistani occupied Kashmir and stated that she is afraid to live in the city. A similar motion was initiated against Goswami because of his alleged contemptuous remarks against state Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.
On Tuesday, the second day of the ongoing session of the state legislature, Shiv Sena, legislator Deepak Kesarkar, who heads the privileged committee of the Assembly, sought time until the last day of the budget session, which is likely to begin in the second week of February. The request was approved by the lower house.
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However, many BJP leaders opposed the motion, saying Goswami and Ranaut did not agree with the rules enacted for breaking a privileged movement. Speaker Nana Patole, however, felt that the issue of the insult of the Chief Minister should be taken seriously. The proposal for an extension was approved in the assembly by a landslide vote.