Friday, March 30, 2007

SC summons Himal publisher, editor

The Supreme Court on thrusday ordered the publisher and executive editor of Himal magazine to appear before it within three days and explain why they published a report based on a telephonic conversation between a court official and a client. A single bench of Justice Gauri Dhakal issued the order to publisher Kanak Mani Dixit and executive editor Shiv Gaunle.
Advocate Arun Gyawali had filed a case against Himal magazine, accusing its publisher and executive editor of involvement in a contemptuous act by publishing the conversation recorded in a CD.
Advocate Gyawali, in his petition, claimed that the magazine had disrespected the Chief Justice Dilip Kumar Paudel and justices Anup Raj Sharma, Sharada Prasad Pundit and Pawan Kumar Ojha just because court official Baburam Dahal bargained with the client, making mention of the justices’ names. An initial report of the investigation committee comprising Justices Top Bahadur Magar, Damodar Prasad Sharma and Ram Kumar Prasad Shah into the CD scandal was also presented to the bench.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court Bar Association today formed a committee headed by senior advocate Shree Hari Aryal to probe the CD scandal. Advocates Kamal Narayan Das, Prakash Osti, Bharat Raj Uprety and Shreekanta Baral are members of the committee.

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