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Hearing of Controversial Sudarshan T.V. Show “Bindass Bol” Adjourned by the Supreme Court [READ ORDER]

Lawstreet Journal 25 Sep 2020 12:28am

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The apex court on Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020 adjourned the hearing of the controversial show of Sudarshan T.V. as the Central Government notified the court that a show-cause notice has been sent to the channel. Supreme Court set October 5th, 2020 as the next date for hearing in the matter. The Central Government requested the court to allow the channel to respond to the show-cause notice issued to them in order to explain the violations on their parts. 

Sudarshan T.V. was asked an explanation by the Central government with respect to the apparent violation of Section 20 sub-section (3) of the Cable Television Network (Regulation) Act, 1995 and the Uplinking and Downlinking Policy Guidelines of 2011. The explanation was asked by September 28th, 2020. 

Solicitor General of India, Tushar Mehta urged in the apex court that “My suggestions would be to defer this hearing to after 28 September… we can’t prejudge the government’s decision; the channel is also due to reply…and it is a detailed show-cause notice, displaying the facts which prima do not seem in conformity with the Program Code….we can’t pre-empt the government’s decision…”.

The bench lead by Justice D.Y. Chandrachud and comprising of Indu Malhotra, K.M Joseph said that “During the course of the hearing today, Mr. Tushar Mehta, Solicitor General of India stated that the Central Government has, in the exercise of the power conferred upon it by sub-section (3) of Section 20 of the Cable Television Networks (Regulations) Act 1995, issued a notice to show cause dated 23… Continue Reading...

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