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Contempt case against Sakshi shifted to HC

Contempt case against Sakshi shifted to HC

In an interesting turn to the contempt of court case filed against Sakshi media house promoted by YSR Congress party president and Andhra Pradesh chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, the Telangana high court on Wednesday took over the case from the CBI court.

The high court announced the decision, while dismissing the petition of rebel YSRC MP from Narasapuram K Raghurama Krishnam Raju seeking transfer of the case pertaining to cancellation of Jagan’s bail from the special court for CBI cases to another criminal court.

The contempt of court case against Sakshi media house was also filed by Raghurama Krishnam Raju for publishing a report in its website as well as on the social media, stating that the CBI special court had dismissed Raju’s petition seeking cancellation of Jagan’s bail.

Last week, the CBI court issued summons to Sakshi media editor Vardhelli Murali and chief executive officer Vinay Maheshwari, who were given time till September 13 to file their counters.

The Sakshi representatives submitted an affidavit to the court on Monday stating that the publication of the story was not deliberate and ill-motivated, but had happened due to the mistake of an editorial staff member. 

They told the court that both the post from the website as well as the tweet on the social media were removed immediately on coming to know that the hearing was still continuing in the court. 

The journalist responsible for the goof-up was sacked from the job and a regret message was also posted on the site saying the news was erroneously published due to miscommunication and it was withdrawn from the website and the Twitter immediately.

Even as the CBI court was to deliver its judgement in the contempt case, the high court announced that it would take up the case.

It asked the CBI court to transfer the petition and all the records pertaining to arguments to the high court.

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