Hearing deferred for second time

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Sep 11, 2014-

The hearing in a contempt of court case involving Kantipur Publications has been deferred till Friday. This is the second time in two days that the court has rescheduled the hearing.

A division bench of Justices Cholendra Shumsher Rana and Jagdish Poudel said it was not possible to complete the recording of statements in two days--hence the deferral.

Justice Poudel notified that he is flying abroad—Japan—on September 14 which may not make it possible for this bench to continue recording statements. The allocation of foreign visits as well as assigning of benches is done by Chief Justice Damodar Sharma. Defendants in the case include Chairman and Managing Director of the Publications Kailash Sirohiya, Director Swastika Sirohiya, Editor-in-Chief of Kantipur daily Sudheer Sharma, and reporter Ghanshyam Khadka.

Responding to two separate contempt of court cases, a single bench of Justice Gopal Parajuli had issued the summons on August 26. In its 11-page initial order, the court has charged the Kantipur daily with running an “institutional mission” to tarnish the image of the court.

The SC had ordered the publishers of Kantipur Publications and the editorial staffers of Kantipur daily to appear in person to explain why they should not be convicted in a contempt of court case. The Publications had received the court notice on September 5.

The Kantipur team reached the Supreme Court to record statements on Thursday as per its order. On Wednesday too, publishers and journalists of the Publications had reached the apex court as summoned. The hearing was postponed citing a “lack of time”.

Published: 12-09-2014 09:05

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