Supreme Court quashes contempt of court case against KantipurThe case was filed two years ago over a series of stories published in Kantipur daily on then chief justice Gopal Prasad Parajuli.
The Supreme Court on Thursday quashed a contempt case against Kantipur Publications.
The case, filed by advocate Toyanath Dhungana in February 2018 over a series of stories on discrepancies in then Chief Justice Gopal Prasad Parajuli’s official birthdate, was dismissed by a joint bench of Justices Dipak Kumar Karki, Mira Khadka, Hari Krishna Karki, Bishwambhar Prasad Shrestha, Ishwor Prasad Khatiwada, Dr Ananda Mohan Bhattarai and Prakash Man Singh Raut.
The suit against Kailash Sirohiya, chairman and managing director, Kantipur Media Group; Swastika Sirohiya, director Kantipur Publications; and Sudheer Sharma, Editor-in-Chief of Kantipur daily and Kantipur daily correspondent Krishna Gyawali, was dismissed after the bench said the plaintiff could not establish sufficient grounds for the case.
The decision comes two years after Parajuli issued the interim order directing the Press Council of Nepal to probe news reports published by Kantipur daily highlighting discrepancies in his own official documents.filed a complaint at the Judicial Council demanding that it investigate Parajuli’s conduct. KC’s arrest had sparked condemnation from all quarters, and he was later released on general date.