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Contempt case against Kantipur Publications

  

HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE

KATHMANDU: Advocate Anjani Kumar Pokhrel today filed a contempt of court case against top officials of Kantipur Publications and journalist Bijaya Kumar Pandey accusing them of disrespecting the country’s highest judiciary.

Stating that journalist Pandey’s article, published on the Saturday edition of Kantipur, which accuses the judges of bias is contemptuous, the petitioner demanded that the apex court punish the journalist and other officials of the publication house with with maximum punishment as per Section 7 of the Supreme Court Act, 1992. According to the provision, a convict may face up to one-year jail-term and a fine of Rs 10,000 or both.

The petitioner claims that Pandey’s article misinterpreted the meeting between the Chief Justice and a constitutional agency chief, which, according to him, is a common practice.

The petitioner has made publications Chairman Kailash Sirohiya, Director Swastika Sirohiya, Chief Editor Sudhir Sharma and journalist Pandey the defendants. He has also sought an apex court order to prevent publication of such contemptuous articles.

Saying that the judge concerned has the authority to maintain the decorum of the courtroom, the petitioner has stated that commenting on the decision of the bench is an objectionable act, which may cause distrust among the public towards the judiciary and the judges. The petitioner has accused the defendants of disrespecting the judges and lawyers by labelling them corrupt. He said the publication of such materials will intervene with justice delivery. The advocate has accused the defendants of repeatedly publishing objectionable materials.

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The judiciary is not above full and fair reporting. A press body in such a country may be cowed into not reporting the facts about Apex Court and other judiciaries. Suraj Rajbhandhari, Putali Sadak, Kathmandu

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