Mumbai, September 15
The Bombay High Court on Tuesday issued a discover to the Union authorities over a petition filed by an NGO looking for that the media be restrained from reporting on points associated to the demise of actor Sushant Singh Rajput and subsequent probe into the case.
This is the third such plea filed earlier than the Bombay High Court.
A bench led by Chief Justice Dipankar Datta is already listening to two pleas, one filed by Pune-based filmmaker Nilesh Navlakha and two others, and one other by eight former police officers from the state.
The court docket has now tagged all of the three pleas collectively for a joint listening to on October 8.
The newest plea, filed by NGO ‘In Pursuit of Justice’, sought that the court docket widen the scope of the Contempt of the Court Act to incorporate any obstructions that might hamper the administration of justice from the time an FIR is registered in a case.
It additionally sought that the “media be restrained from publishing or broadcasting” something associated to the case until the plea is determined lastly by the excessive court docket.
“The recent spate of media reporting in the case of the untimely demise of actor Sushant Singh Rajput and the extent of media frenzy concerning all issues and non-issues involving the incident is quite disturbing,” the plea stated.
“It has given rise to an urgent need of finding an acceptable constitutional balance between free press and administration of justice,” it stated.
The plea additionally stated the press has revealed Rajputs private chats, statements of accused and hospital workers, and it has already “tried and convicted” the accused individuals, referred to as them names equivalent to “murderer, gold digger and abettor”.
Such reportage has transgressed rights of the events involved and is prone to prejudice the probe into the case, it stated.
The court docket issued a discover to the Centre over the plea and stated, “We’ll hear all related matters together.” PTI