On November 6th, 2012, in response to a contempt Notice issued suo motu by the Hon'ble Supreme Court (Bench consisting of Hon'ble Justices G S Singhvi and S J Mukhopadhaya) for misreporting of Court Proceedings in The Indian Express Delhi issue of 20th September, 2012, an unconditional apology was tendered to the Court.

This apology was with reference to what had been published on the front page of The Indian Express (issue of 20th September 2012), titled 'Appointing judges to tribunals raises questions of integrity, says SC Bench' which also contained the photographs of two Hon'ble Judges. The suo motu contempt notice by the Hon'ble Supreme Court recorded that the Hon'ble Court had been pleased to pass the following order viz. inter alia:

"The contents of the news item (of 20.9.2012) published in The Indian Express suggests that the bench had made observations on the recommendation made by the Hon'ble Chief Justice for appointment of Chairperson of the National Green Tribunal, a post which is lying vacant, and about the integrity of the judges appointed to the Tribunals which was not only misleading but patently false. The Court had only made observation about non-availability of facilities to the members of the Tribunals and hinted that this results in compromising with institutional integrity because the Judges are forced to go to the Executive and ask for various amenities like accommodation, medical facilities and leave travel concession. There was absolutely no reference to the proposed appointment of Hon'ble Justice Swatanter Kumar as Chairperson of the National Green Tribunal. As a matter of fact, the issue of appointment of Hon'ble Justice Swatanter Kumar was not even mentioned by either party. A reference to some incident of a former Judge of Rajasthan High Court was indeed made during the course of deliberations."

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