Journalist jailed for calling one a “third-rate lawyer”

SC takes a strong exception to the journalist’s article

New Delhi, Dec. 17 (Delhi Crown): The Supreme Court on Friday announced one-month jail to a journalist for calling an advocate a “third-rate lawyer” in one of his articles.

Justice Surya Kant dismissed his appeal convicted for the defamatory article. Later, he was sentenced to one month in jail.

Justice Surya Kant observed: “You called someone a ‘third-rate lawyer’ in your article. This is the kind of language you use and claim that you’re a journalist,” Justice Surya Kant slammed the appellant.

Justice Hima Kohli, who was on the bench led by CJI NV Ramana, said: “See the language of your articles.”

Calling the sentence “liberal”, CJI Ramana said: “This is yellow journalism. It is liberal that it is only one-month imprisonment.”

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