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Some Reporting Against Mumbai Cops “Contemptuous”: Court On Sushant Case


Part of the protection by Republic TV and Times Now within the Sushant Singh Rajput case was “prima facie contemptuous” of the Mumbai Police, the Bombay High Court stated at this time whereas listening to a plea within the matter. The court docket stated it could not take “any action as of now” however made it clear that media trial throughout investigation in a case “does impact the investigation”.

The court docket was listening to a bunch of petitions within the matter — one in every of them filed by eight former Indian Police Service officers that objected to the destructive portrayal of the Mumbai police by a piece of the media. Another petition identified {that a} part of the media was operating a parallel trial within the case and requested to court docket to place a cease to it.

The court docket stated a “media trial” violates programme code underneath the Cable TV Network Regulation Act and requested the digital media to comply with PCI pointers till new pointers are framed.

The court docket had issued one other set of sturdy feedback in an earlier listening to, questioning Republic TV if in search of viewers’ opinion on who who needs to be arrested throughout an ongoing investigation and infringing on an individual’s rights certified as “investigative journalism”.


“The grievance is concerning #ArrestRhea. Why is that this a part of your channel information?” stated a bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice GS Kulkarni, referring to a hashtag marketing campaign.

“When a case is underneath investigation and the problem is whether or not it is a murder or a suicide and a channel is saying it’s homicide, is all this investigative journalism?” the judges requested.

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