New Delhi:The Delhi High Court today sentenced four senior journalists of “Mid-Day” to four months imprisonment for contempt of court for writing and publishing news reports against former Chief Justice of India Y K Sabharwal.
A Division Bench comprising Justice R S Sodhi and Justice B N Chaturvedi, however, directed that they be release on bail in view of the Supreme Court order, asking it to grant them bail after pronouncement of sentence.
“We feel, in this peculiar case, the contemnors have tarnished the image of the Highest Court, the sentence of four months’ imprisonment would serve the justice,” the Bench said.
The court directed M K Tayal, the Editor, S K Akhtar, the then publisher, Vitusha Oberoi, Resident Editor and Irfaan Khan, cartoonist to furnish a personal bond of Rs 10,000 each and two sureties of the same amount for the bail.
All the contemnors, along with some other journalists, were present in the court when the order of sentence was dictated by the Bench.
The court, on 11September, had held them guilty, saying that thay had crossed the ‘Laxman Rekha´(permissible limits of propriety).