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Madhya Pradesh HC Will Examine Whether State Government Can Violate the Privacy of the Accused by Publishing their Photographs in Media [READ ORDER]

Lawstreet Journal 23 Oct 2020 11:09pm

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The Madhya Pradesh High Court will examine whether the State Government issuing an executive instruction, can violate the privacy rights of the accused by publishing their covered face in a newspaper or in media or by parading them in the Society.

A petition was filed by a man who alleged that his photographs which are in the police custody were also made viral on social media which has tarnished his image in society. This case was under Justice G S Ahluwalia for consideration. In response to this petition, the State filed a reply admitting that he was wrongly arrested and the concerned police officer was saddled with the punishment of a fine of Rs. 5000. 

The State submitted that a circular that has been issued in 2014 regarding the sharing of information with media which says that the photograph of an accused with an uncovered face can be published in print media or electronic media or social sites and uncovered faces of an accused can be shared with the media are subject to various restrictions as mentioned in the circular itself. In this regard, the judge said that the following question of law arises in this case. "Whether the State Government by issuing an executive instruction can violate the Fundamental Right of an accused as enriched under Article 21 of the Constitution of India by getting their uncovered faces published in the newspaper or in any form of media or by parading in them in society etc."

The judge noted that the State in… Continue Reading...


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