SC directs HC to release editors and publishers of Mid Day on bail

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New Delhi, Sep 19 (UNI) The Supreme Court today directed the Delhi High Court to release the editor, resident editor, cartoonist and printer and publisher of Mid Day on bail, in case they are handed down their sentence.

The bench comprising Justices Ashok Bhan and V S Sirpurkar in the order said ''proceedings pending in the High Court are not stayed.

However, if the High Court imposes the punishment, Supreme court shall release all the contemnors on bail till it hears their appeal.'' Editor Vidisha Oberoi, resident editor M K Payal, cartoonist Irfan and printer and publisher of Mid Day S K Akhtar were convicted by the High Court for contempt of court on September 11 for writing and publishing an article against former Chief Justice of India Y K Sabharwal alleging that sealing orders were passed by the bench headed by him as CJI to benefit his two sons who were somehow involved in construction of multi-crore malls in Delhi.

The High Court in its order had held that such writeup amounted to deceiving and denigrating the institution of judiciary.

The contemnors are to appear before the High Court on September 21.

The Supreme Court will hear the case on September 28, and till then all the contemnors will be on bail.

The writeup had virtually accused the former CJI who retired on January 14 this year of professional misconduct.


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