The Supreme Court has put a stay on Meghalaya High Court’s contempt order against The Shillong Times editor Patricia Mukhim and publisher Shobha Chaudhuri for publishing articles on the perks and facilities for retired judges and their families.

A Supreme Court Bench led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi earlier agreed to hear a petition filed by The Shillong Times editor Patricia Mukhim against an order of the Meghalaya High Court finding her and her publisher, Shobha Chaudhuri, guilty of contempt of court.

The contempt order is in connection with two stories that the Shillong-based daily published in December about a court order seeking better facilities for retired judges and their families.

The court imposed a fine of Rs 2 lakh each on Mukhim and Chaudhuri. The court held in its hearing that In case the duo fail to pay the amount within a week, they would be imprisoned for six months and the paper banned.

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