Kantipur submits replies to court

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Sep 16, 2014-

The publishers of Kantipur daily and the paper’s journalists furnished written explanations to the Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday, responding to the court’s order on contempt indictment.

All four defendants—-Chairman and Managing Director of Kantipur Publications Kailash Sirohiya, Director Swastika Sirohiya, Editor-in-Chief of Kantipur Sudheer Sharma and reporter Ghanshyam Khadka—-have submitted separate written replies to the apex court.

 In his reply,  Sharma has said that Kantipur daily is committed to judicial independence and it has immense respect for the institution. He has maintained that the newspaper has been publishing fact-based news articles, and it has been running corrigenda in case of any omissions, inaccuracies or other reservations on any published items.

On Friday, the apex court had ordered the defendants to explain in writing as to why they should not be convicted for contempt of court. Before that on August 26, it had ordered the defendants to the court to record their statements. The order issued in the name of the Publications was received only on September 5.

Responding to two counts of contempt, a single bench of Justice Gopal Parajuli had issued the summon. The court in its 11-page initial order has stated that the Publications tried to “damage the image” of judiciary.  It has charged the Kantipur daily of running an “institutional mission to tarnish the image of judiciary and obstruct the right of ordinary citizens to access justice”. Advocate Ratna Kumari Shrestha had filed a contempt case against the journalists on June 25, claiming that a news report published on the daily on June 14 and the editorial column published on June 18 defamed and scandalised the court.  

Advocate Anjani  Kumar Pokhrel had also brought a contempt lawsuit against the Publications in May last year, claiming that an article by Bijaya Kumar Pandey defamed the apex court.

The date for the next hearing has been scheduled for September 18 (Thursday). The defendants and the plaintiffs will put forth their positions on the day.

Published: 17-09-2014 09:07

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