The Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday summoned Kantipur Publications management and editorial staff of Kantipur daily to appear before the court the following day to record their statement in connection with a contempt of court case.
According to SC official Nakul Subedi, the contempt of court case against the publications management and editorial staff has been registered for hearing on Thursday. The defendants will record their statement tomorrow.
Chairman and Managing Director of the Publications Kailash Sirohiya, Director Swastika Sirohiya, Editor-in-chief of Kantipur daily, Sudheer Sharma, and correspondent Ghanshyam Khadka reached the court today as per the previous court order.
The Supreme Court on August 26 had ordered members of Kantipur Publications management and editorial staff of Kantipur daily to have their statement recorded as to why they should not be convicted in a contempt of court case.
The apex court notice issued in the name of publications was received by the publications on Friday (September 5).
Responding to two different contempt of court case, a single bench of Justice Gopal Parajuli issued the summon. The court in its 11-page initial order stated that the Publication tried to damage the image of judiciary. It has charged the Kantipur daily of running an “institutional mission” to tarnish the image of judiciary. The daily is trying to “weaken the judiciary and obstruct the right of ordinary citizens to access justice”, the SC has said.
The order followed the Kantipur daily’s critical coverage on the nomination of some controversial names as justices, including Parajuli, to the country’s apex court as well as corruption in the judiciary.
Advocate Ratna Kumari Shrestha had filed a contempt case against the journalists on June 25. Shrestha has mentioned that the 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 filed a contempt of court in May last year claiming that columnist Bijaya Kumar Pandey’s article ‘Pad ra pahichan bich ko mahan antar’ (difference between post and posture) in his regular column Adi/Ityadi in the Kantipur daily defamed the apex court.