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INS decides to implead itself in The Shillong Times case

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Indian Newspaper Society, the apex body of the print media industry, has decided to implead itself as a party in the appeal of the and the publisher of The Times after the High Court sentenced them in a contempt case.

The Friday stayed the High Court judgment convicting The Times and publisher in the case.

While pronouncing the judgement in the contempt case, the high court had on March 8 asked both of them to serve the sentence by sitting in the corner of the court room till the rising of the court.

The high court had also imposed a fine of Rs 2 lakh each on them and said if they failed to deposit the amount, they will have to undergo six months simple imprisonment and the paper will be banned.

The and the publisher had filed an appeal in the

The of the (INS), which met here on Thursday, discussed at length the recent conviction of the publisher and the editor of The Times, the INS said in a statement.

The Society is concerned by several issues that arise from judgement as they "impinge" on the freedom of the press, it said.

"The unanimously decided that the society should implead itself as a party in any appeal that may prefer and agitate its concern," the statement said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, March 15 2019. 22:25 IST