Some parts of the coverage by Republic TV and Times Now in the Sushant Singh Rajput case was “prima facie contemptuous” of the Mumbai Police.
The Bombay High Court Monday said some parts of the coverage by Republic TV and Times Now in the Sushant Singh Rajput case was “prima facie contemptuous” of the Mumbai Police. Though the court said it would not take “any action as of now” but made it clear that media trial during investigation in a case “does impact the investigation”.
The Bombay High Court was hearing a bunch of petitions in the matter — one of them filed by eight former Indian Police Service officers that objected to the negative portrayal of the Mumbai police by a section of the media. Another petition alleged that a section of the media was running a parallel trial in the case and asked to court to put a stop to it.
A “media trial” violates programme code under Cable TV Network Regulation Act, the Bombay HC said, and asked the electronic media to follow PCI guidelines until new guidelines are framed.
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