Shillong: The Meghalaya High Court on Friday held The Shillong Times editor Patricia Mukhim and publisher Shobha Chaudhuri guilty of contempt of court over two reports that the newspaper published on December 6 and 10 last year.
The two reports talked about a court order that sought better facilities for retired judges and families.
The court imposed a fine of Rs 2 lakh each, and in case of failure to pay the amount in a week will attract imprisonment for six years and a ban on the newspaper, the court ruled.
The bench of Chief Justice Mohammad Yaqoob Mir and Justice SR Sen noted: “In exercise of the power vested on 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 2,00,000 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. We also further direct that in default of payment, both contemnors will have to undergo 6 months simple imprisonment and the paper… ‘Shillong Times’ will automatically come to an end (banned).”
The Shillong Times, first published in 1945, is one of the oldest English-language newspapers of the region.