New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday stayed the Meghalaya High Court’s order convicting The Shillong Times’ editor Patricia Mukhim and publisher Shobha Chaudhari in a contempt of court case.
The Supreme Court Bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna also issued a notice to the Meghalaya High Court registrar on the appeal filed by the editor and publisher of the newspaper.
The contempt case relates to two articles published by the paper on December 6 and 10 last year about the perks and facilities for retired judges and their families.
Earlier this month, the Meghalaya HC, had imposed a fine of Rs 2 lakh each on the editor and the publisher of The Shillong Times which was to be deposited in a week’s time, failing which, they will have to undergo six months’ simple imprisonment and the paper will be banned.
Also, while pronouncing the judgment on March 8, the high court had asked the two “to sit in the corner of the court room till the rising of the court”.
The Editors Guild of India had termed the high court’s judgment as “intimidatory” and said it “undermines” press freedom.