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Cover page of Mid-Day from 2007-06-26 showing an IT mall under construction by a firm promoted by Justice Y. K. Sabharwal's sons. Four MiD DAY journalists were jailed in September 2007 for contempt of court relating to these articles.

MiD DAY is an afternoon compact newspaper in India with editions in Mumbai (Bombay), Bangalore, Delhi and Pune (launched on August 18, 2008). It was established in 1979 as in a family owned newspaper in Mumbai.

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Overview

MiD DAY is owned by Mid Day Infomedia Limited, a subsidiary of Mid Day Multimedia Limited, a publishing house listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange and National Stock Exchange. Presently, it publishes newspapers in three languages: English, Gujarati and an Urdu newspaper called The Inquilab. The Inquilab, was the first paper of the group in Urdu, was born in the fervour of idealistic nationalism in 1938. MiD DAY was launched in 1979, in English. The special Sunday edition of it, the Sunday MiD DAY, began in 1981.

The Mumbai newspaper publishes two editions: An early morning and a noon edition. Its slogan is, Make Work Fun. However, since April, 2009, only noon editions have been published and the company has dropped printing a morning newspaper, citing positioning issues.

Senior staff

Name Designation
Abhijit Majumder Executive Editor
Swarupa Dutt News Editor
J Dey Special Investigations Editor
Clayton Murzello Sports Editor
Sarita Tanwar Deputy Editor
Tinaz Nooshian THE GUIDE Editor
Vinod Kumar Menon Chief Reporter, Mumbai
Daipayan Haldar Resident Editor, Delhi
Aditya Anand City Editor, Bangalore
Nuhzat Aziz City Editor, Pune

Journalists jailed for contempt of court

On September 20, 2007, four journalists of MiD DAY, including Resident Editor, Vitusha Oberoi and City Editor MK Tayal were sentenced to four months jail on contempt of court charges[1], because of a report they had filed on the ex-Chief Justice of India, Y. K. Sabharwal. Whether the charges in the report were true or not was not considered in arriving at the decision.

Many in the legal community feel that in the 2006 Delhi sealing drive, Justice Sabharwal may have had a conflict of interest since his sons own a firm with relations to the Delhi real estate. Former Solicitor General KK Sud had called this behaviour "the height of indiscretion."[2].

The High Court, however, sentenced the journalists without considering the veracity of the reports, and this has led to considerable hue and cry[3]. Ex-law minister Shanti Bhushan stated that the Parliament had in 2006 amended the Contempt of Courts Act to say that "if the allegations against a judge were found to be true, then they would not be considered contemptuous". In view of this, the judgement, he said, may be "only aimed at terrifying the media and an attempt to curb truthfulness.

Preity Zinta Case

For References Check Preity Zinta

On July 15, 2005, Zinta filed a defamation suit against MiD DAY after tapes emerged alleging that Salman Khan had made derogatory comments about her. The tabloid published the part of the tape which indicated that Zinta had a sexual relationship with the actor. Zinta was cross-examined as a chief witness in January 2007. She said on the issue, "I felt humiliated as it spoiled my reputation and character in public". She explained that she had received disparaging phone calls from impostors stating that they were Salman Khan, and that she had been repeatedly questioned in a derogatory fashion by the media regarding this issue. Zinta further stated that the ruckus affected her professionally as well; a planned future film with Khan was abandoned. The tape in question was examined by the Government's Forensic laboratory in Chandigarh, which concluded that it was a fake.

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