HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Sagarmatha Television (STV) today submitted an explanation at the Supreme Court stating that it did not have any ill intention against Chief Justice Ram Prasad Shrestha and the Supreme Court, but it failed to satisfy the apex court.
Chairman of the TV channel Nirmal Gurung submitted a letter clarifying its intention today, but the apex court said that the letter did not provide sufficient answers as demanded by the Supreme Court.
“We had demanded the source of information and the names of journalists involved in reporting and disseminating the fictitious information against the chief justice, but the TV did not submit the demanded information,” Hemanta Rawal, assistant spokesperson at SC said. “We are analysing the clarification further,” he added.
The apex court had sought explanation from STV on Wednesday demanding reasons as to why it aired the objectionable, fictitious and fabricated news.
The court also stated that the fictitious news aired by the TV had posed a serious threat to the integrity of Chief Justice Shrestha, attacked judicial decorum and slandered the CJ’s character. The court had asked STV to submit its clarification justifying the information.
On January 30 and 31, the TV had aired news challenging the Supreme Court’s official declaration of Chief Justice Ram Prasad Shrestha’s property and claimed that Shrestha had nine houses in Kathmandu and owned huge property, much more than stated in his official declaration.