Writer Shobha De has escaped punishment for her comments on the Maharashtra government’s order on Marathi films, the Supreme Court on Tuesday stayed a privilege motion notice issued to her by the Maharashtra Assembly.

The Shiv Sena had moved a privilege motion in the Maharashtra Assembly earlier this month against De, over her comments on the screening of Marathi films in multiplexes.

Shobhaa De in a file photo. AFPShobhaa De in a file photo. AFP

Shobhaa De in a file photo. AFP

The Supreme Court also issued notice to the state assembly officials.

During the Budget session Shiv Sena MLA Pratap Sarnaik had filed a notice of breach of privilege against De after she tweeted on the government’s decision.

The novelist tweeted, “Devendra ‘Diktatwala’ Fadnavis is at it again!!! From beef to movies. This is not the Maharashtra we all love! Nako!Nako! Yeh sab roko!”

De tweeted that it was nothing but hooliganism. “I love Marathi movies. Let me decide when and where to watch them, Devendra Fadnavis. This is nothing but Dadagiri.”

Reacting to the tweet, Sarnaik filed a breach of privilege against De for “insulting CM Devendra Fadnavis and the sentiments of the Marathi speaking people.”

Reacting to the Breach of Privilege De tweeted, “Now a privilege motion demanding an apology from me? Come on! I am a proud Maharashtrian and love Marathi films. Always have. Always will !”

Irked, Sena workers last week protested outside De’s house in South Mumbai against her remarks.

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(With PTI inputs)

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