Sudarshan TV defends programme ‘UPSC Jehad’ in SC

New Delhi, September 17

Sudarshan TV on Thursday defended within the Supreme Court its programme on alleged “infiltration of Muslims in civil services”, saying it was not towards their entry however has used the time period ‘UPSC Jehad’ based mostly on data that ‘Zakat Foundation’ obtained funds from varied “terror-linked organisations”.

The high court docket had restrained the channel on Tuesday from telecasting the episodes of ‘Bindas Bol’ for 2 days saying that “the intent” of the episodes “prima facie” appeared to “vilify” the Muslim neighborhood.

In an affidavit, Suresh Chavhanke, Editor-in-Chief of the channel, sought lifting of the keep from airing the remaining six episodes and stated that there was “no justification to continue the pre-telecast/prior restraint direction”.

The affidavit stated: “The Answering Respondent (Chavhanke) has used the words “UPSC Jehad” as a result of it has come to the information…by varied sources that Zakat Foundation has obtained funds from varied terror-linked organisations.

“It is just not that each one contributors to the Zakat Foundation are terror-linked. However, a number of the contributors are linked to organisations or are organisations that fund extremist teams.

“The funds received by the Zakat Foundation, in turn, are used to support aspirants for IAS, IPS or UPSC”.

Zakat Foundation supplies coaching and research supplies to Muslim college students who aspire to hitch civil companies.

“When it involves gentle by varied sources that funds contributed by tainted organisations are getting used to facilitate folks becoming a member of UPSC, there’s a critical subject requiring public debate, dialogue and scrutiny…

“There is no statement or message in the four episodes broadcast that members of a particular community should not join UPSC. UPSC is an open competitive examination and members of every community may participate in the entrance examination and qualify..,” the journalist stated in his 91-page affidavit.

In the response to the plea filed by lawyer Firoz Iqbal Khan, in search of banning of the programmes, the channel stated the thrust of its episodes was that there gave the impression to be a conspiracy which wanted “to be investigated by NIA or CBI” because the “terror linked organisations” had been apparently funding the Foundation in India, which in flip has been supporting Muslim UPSC aspirants.

“Terrorism is a global menace. There are several international organisations that provide monetary support to extremists. The spread of extremist philosophy is undesirable and it is imperative that cross border funding that could encourage the spread of extremism should be stamped out,” the affidavit stated and referred to the offshore organisations that are funding the foundations.

Referring to information, together with the FCRA papers of the Ministry of Home Affairs, the affidavit stated the Zakat Foundation has obtained donations from varied organisations resembling ‘Muslim Aid (UK)’ and furthermore it has hyperlinks with Zakir Naik as effectively.

“Zakir Naik’s Islamic Research Foundation has been banned under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, (UAPA). The Cabinet note regarding the ban said that Zakir Naik has been promoting enmity between religious groups and inspiring Muslim youth in India and abroad to commit terrorist acts,” the reply affidavit stated.

Calling himself an investigative journalist, Chavhanke referred to numerous paperwork and stated it appeared that Zakat Foundation of India has obtained funds from “terror tied Zakat Foundation of America (Khalil Demir) who has a direct/oblique hyperlink with Benevolence International Foundation (BIF) and Turkish Humanitarian Relief Organization (IHH) each of which have terror hyperlinks.

“Reports also stated that Turkish Humanitarian Relief Organization (IHH) distributed aid to the Salafist group Ahrar al Sham, which fought alongside ISIS and the al-Qaida affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra.” The journalist stated the minority neighborhood has been taking quota advantages of the OBC and the minority scheme concurrently and the identical being a “political and social issue” will be debated within the media.

The high court docket would hear on Friday the plea which has raised grievance over the programme whose promo had claimed that the channel would present the ‘big expose on conspiracy to infiltrate Muslims in government service’.

Meanwhile, the Centre has additionally filed an affidavit within the matter and stated if the apex court docket decides on the difficulty of media regulation then such an train needs to be undertaken with the digital media first because it has quicker attain and data has the potential to go viral on account of functions like WhatsApp, Twitter and Facebook.

The authorities has informed the apex court docket that adequate framework and judicial pronouncements exist for the digital and the print media. — PTI

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