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Kerala CM Vijayan Mulls Action Against Journalists Over Coverage of High-Profile Cases

Lawstreet Journal 25 Sep 2020 10:24pm

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After facing a lot of criticisms from the media in various high-profile cases, the ruling Pinarayi Vijayan government decided at a state cabinet meeting on Wednesday (September 23, 2020) to take action against media persons.

As reported, Advice was sought from the legal authorities on the way forward and it has been decided to take legal action under the CrPC (Criminal Procedure Code). 

The Vijayan government faced strong criticism after a fire broke out in the General Administration Department (GAD) in the state Secretariat last month. As the news of the fire spread, top leaders of the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) arrived outside the Secretariat and a tiff broke out between the security personnel and the leaders as no one was allowed inside the Secretariat. 

The entire opposition alleged that crucial files pertaining to the now infamous gold smuggling case were destroyed and the fire was set deliberately to destroy evidence.

The media also had a field day latching on to the opposition allegations.

On Tuesday (22 September), Vijayan said there were two separate teams investigating the incident and one of them had submitted its report while the report of the other team was awaited.

According to the legal advice that the Vijayan government has reportedly received, the government can proceed with criminal defamation suits and can also approach the Press Council of India.

Reacting to the news, Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala said if this happens it would not be acceptable in a country where freedom of press prevails.

“This is sheer intolerance and… Continue Reading...

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