The Bombay High Court on Wednesday asked Republic TV to ask the audience in Sushant Singh Rajput case who should be arrested, is it investigative journalism? While investigation is still going on in this matter. Apart from this, the Bombay High Court has also asked the National Broadcasters Federation (NBF) why they themselves did not take any action on the irresponsible coverage in this case.
A bench of the Bombay High Court Chief Justice Justice Dipankar Dutta and Justice Girish S. Kulkarni said this while hearing the PIL of former Maharashtra senior officers, activists, lawyers and NGOs in the case.
The Bombay High Court also questioned lawyer Malvika Trivedi appearing on behalf of Republic for broadcasting pictures of Republic TV’s dead body and speculating murder or suicide in the case of the actor’s death. The High Court also questioned the issue of the hashtag campaign run by Republic and various news reports in the case of actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death.
The High Court also referred to the hashtag ‘Arrest Riya’ by the Republic on Twitter in the case of actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death. The High Court further told the Republic that hashtags were run by you to run a personal agenda. At the same time, the High Court also warned the Republic to stay within limits. Referring to Riya Chakraborty, the court said, “You have shown a woman in such a way that her rights have also been violated under central laws.”
Expressing concern over the death coverage of Sushant Singh Rajput, the High Court said that there are some guidelines regarding suicide reporting in the country. Do you have any respect for the deceased person?
High Court Chief Justice Dipankar Dutta further said that when you have become Investigator, Prosecution and Judge then what is the work of the judiciary? What are we sitting here for? The High Court further said that broadcasters use airwaves which are public property, they should not be left without regulation.
Earlier, 4 big Bollywood associations, film stars and filmmakers filed a petition in the Delhi High Court complaining against two news channels – Republic TV, Times Now and four anchors. The petition also sought a stay on the reporting being made against Bollywood by these channels. Apart from this, the petition also demanded the withdrawal of objectionable comments made by them on the people of Bollywood.