"Sit In Corner": The Shillong Times Editor Held Guilty In Contempt Case

The order has been initiatedagainst the newspaper overtwo reports published by The Shillong Times in December last year.

'Sit In Corner': The Shillong Times Editor Held Guilty In Contempt Case

Patricia Mukhim has also been asked to pay Rs 2 lakh as fine.

Shillong:

The Meghalaya high court, in an order on Friday, held the editor of the newspaper - The Shillong Times - Patricia Mukhim and its publisher, Shobha Chaudhuri, guilty of contempt of court.

The court also imposed a fine of Rs 2 lakh on Ms Mukhim and Ms Chaudhuri. If they fail to pay the fine within a week, the order said, both of them would be sent to prison for six months and the newspaper will be banned.

The order has been initiated against the newspaper over two reports published by The Shillong Times in December last year. The reports were titled "When judges judge for themselves" and "High Court pursues retirement benefits to judges, family".

According to the newspaper, Justice Sudip Ranjan Sen, who was also a part of the bench that fined the editor and publisher, wanted several provisions for retired chief justices and judges and their spouses and children. He retired on Friday. 

While delivering the judgment, the high court bench also asked the editor and publisher of the newspaper to "sit in the corner of the courtroom" till the court adjourned its proceedings for the day.

"In exercise of the power vested in us by Article 215 of the Constitution of India, we sentence both the contemnors to sit in the corner of the court room till the rising of the court and impose a fine of Rs 2 lakh each which is to be deposited with the Registry within a week and then to be deposited in the welfare fund of this high court," the bench said. 
 

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