Delhi HC declines keep on Sudarshan TV’s ‘UPSC Jihad’ telecast

New Delhi, September 11

The Delhi High Court on Friday refused to remain, at this stage, the telecast of Sudarshan TV’s programme “Bindass Bol” on Muslims clearing the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) examination.

A single choose Bench of Justice Navin Chawla issued discover to the Centre and Sudarshan News over a petition, filed by advocate Shadan Farasat, difficult the central authorities’s determination to permit Sudarshan TV’s broadcast on Muslim “infiltration” in authorities providers.

Petitioner Syed Mujtaba Athar and a few others said, of their petition, that the order by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry is a “non-speaking order”.

The plea additional states that regardless of the mandate of regulation below Sections 5, 19, and 20 of the Cable TV Act and the path of the court docket in its order dated August 29, the impugned order fails to make any evaluation relating to violation of the Programme Code or Sections 19 or 20 of the Cable TV Act, both with respect to the proposed present or its promo.

“The assessment has simply been abandoned on a statement of Respondents No 2 (Sudarshan News) and 3 (Editor-in-Chief Suresh Chavhanke) that there is no violation of the Programme Code. There is no independent application of mind to the facts and circumstances of the case,” the plea stated.

“Respondent No 1 (Centre) did not even deem it fit to initiate the exercise of assessing the contents of the proposed show… it, even cursorily, did not apply its mind to the facts of the case,” the petitioners stated, including that there is no such thing as a utility of thoughts as to why the promo of the proposed present doesn’t point out that the proposed present might be in violation of the Programme Code and Section 19 of the Cable TV Act.

“In sum and substance, the impugned order is a cryptic and non-speaking order and ought to be set aside, with a direction to Respondent No 1 to re-assess whether the proposed show and its promo violates the Programme Code and Section 19 of the Cable TV Act. Furthermore, till such time this reassessment is completed, the broadcast of the proposed show ought to be stayed,” the plea learn.

The programme is a part of the “Bindas Bol” collection, hosted by Chavhanke. In an order issued Thursday, the Information & Broadcasting Ministry stated it can not pre-censor a programme, or cease it from being telecast.

“If only, when the programme is telecast and any violation of law is found, action can be taken,” the order states. IANS

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