A Public Interest Litigation has been filed before Delhi High Court seeking directions against Republic TV Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami and his media company to prevent publication or broadcast of any information or news relating to any criminal investigation.
The PIL also seeks court to direct the Central Government to frame rules, regulations or guidelines to govern reporting or broadcasting of any news related to any criminal investigation by any Media Channels.
It has been alleged in the petition that the prejudicial reporting of Republic TV has resulted in the infringement of the right to fair trail of actress Rhea Chakraborty who is the prime accused in the Sushant Singh Rajput death case.
It is further alleged in PIL that, at the detriment of the right of Chakraborty to a fair trial, the channel has attempted to increase its TRPs and viewership.
“The entire charade is nothing but an exercise to increase the TRPs and viewership at the cost of an accused’s right to fair trial”, the petition reads.
The petition argued that the journalist and the TV channel were on a "witch hunt" against Sushant's friend Rhea Chakraborty and were serving as a "judge, jury and executioner" to sway public opinion against her.
The Court asked petitioner to prepare a draft of rules and regulations that he proposed to be implemented, on the next date of hearing. The matter was adjourned for November 27 through virtual hearing.
The PIL was filed by one Mohd. Khalil through Advocate Randhir Kumar Lal and Centre was represented through Standing Counsel Ajay Digpaul. It was listed today before the Division Bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan.