MUMBAI: Sushant Singh Rajput’s death case has been blown out of proportion. From pointing fingers at Mumbai Police who was earlier blamed for being incapable in the investigation, to Rhea asking for police protection as she feared being mobbed by the news channels stationed outside her residence. The news channel and agencies have been giving minute by minute updates as the case is investigated by CBI currently. Hence, now as per reports in Live Law, the Bombay High Court has passed an order urging the media to limit their reporting when it comes to SSR’s investigation.
Also, further urging the media to stop reporting in a pattern which would hamper the ongoing investigation. The Bench said, “We urge and expect the media to exercise restraint in reporting of the investigation with respect to the death, which should not hamper investigation in any manner.” The order was passed after 2 PILs – first filed by 8 former IPS officers who worked for Maharashtra State Police when a defaming campaign was carried out against the Mumbai Police.
The second PIL was filed by Advocates Rajesh Inamdar and Shashwat Anand who in their PIL spoke about the TV channels to stop media trial in SSR’s death case. The order was passed by a bench of justice Justices A A Sayed and S P Tavade on Thursday.
Advocate Milind Sathe urged the Union of India, Press Council of India, News Broadcaster's Association, and News Broadcasting Standards Authority to form guidelines for the media who are publishing content of the actor’s death case investigation, which might put the reputation of Mumbai Police on the edge.
“Petitioners (former IPS officers) are not concerned with the accused or the victim; petitioners are not concerned about who should investigate. The petitioners are concerned about the manner of reporting of the case which is against journalistic ethics. Reporting by media, especially electronic media, is a parallel media trial. There is also vilification of Mumbai Police without any basis,” mentioned Sathe.
SOURCE – SPOTBOYE