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SC stays contempt punishment against Shillong Times

March 15, 2019

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday put on hold a Meghalaya High Court order holding the Editor of The Shillong Times, Patricia Mukhim, and publisher Shobha Chaudhuri guilty of contempt and fining them Rs 2 lakh each.

A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Deepak Gupta and Justice Sanjiv Khanna issued notice on their plea challenging the High Court order.

The High Court had said that in the event of failure to pay the fine, the two would undergo simple imprisonment of six months and the publication of the newspaper would be banned.

The contempt proceeding was initiated against the English daily on the basis of two reports published on December 6 and December 10, 2018 under the caption “When judges judge for themselves” and “High Court pursues retirement benefits to judges, family”.

IANS