“We should have been told that the matter has not been filed. This is no ground,” the court rebuked Ranjan’s lawyer.
According to a Live Law report, the Apex Court on Wednesday said it will hear Zee News anchor Rohit Ranjan’s petition tomorrow against the multiple cases filed against him.
After Ranjan, on Zee News’ show DNA, aired a doctored video of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on July 1, multiple FIRs were filed against him in several states by Congress leaders and workers.
In the video, Mr. Gandhi made a comment about the Students’ Federation of India for vandalizing his Wayanad office on June 24. Gandhi described the attackers as children and said he had no ill-will against them, the Congress said.
Congress communications in charge Jairam Ramesh said that the clip had been doctored to make it appear as if it was a comment about the killers of a tailor in Udaipur for extending support to suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma.
However, when the SC listed Ranjan’s case for hearing on Thursday, his lawyer Siddharth Luthra said that the petition was not yet filed, Live Law reported.
“We should have been told that the matter has not been filed. This is no ground. This court is going to take a very strong view. As AOR [advocate on record] you should have instructed your counsel,” the top court said.
Zee News had eventually withdrawn the content and issued an apology for the doctored video.
Rohit Ranjan recently replaced Senior anchor Sudhir Chaudhary on the prime-time news show.
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