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Fair and Frank Reporting of Events by Media Cannot be Curbed Merely Because It May Have an Adverse Impact on the Business of Some Classes of Persons: J&K HC

Lawstreet Journal 10 Oct 2020 10:18pm

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The Bench of Justice Sanjay Dhar on October 8, 2020, exercising inherent powers of the court under Section 561 A of the Jammu and Kashmir (Code of Criminal Procedure) which is at par with Section 482 of Central (Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973) passed the judgment in favor of petitioner Mohammad Salim Pandith a senior journalist In Times of India and quashed the FIR bearing number 26/2018 (registered under Section 505 (1) (b) Ranbir Penal Code (RPC) which is equivalent to Section 505(1) Indian Penal Code, 1921 ) of Police Station Kothibagh, Srinagar.

The cause of action in the case arose when some of the travel agents lodged an FIR bearing number 26/2018 (registered under Section 505 (1) (b) Ranbir Penal Code (RPC) in Police Station Kothibagh, Srinagar alleging that the petitioner on April 3, 2018, had published a news article in Times Of India titled “Stone pelters in J&K now target tourists, four women injured” which is based on false information and malicious intention to disturb the peaceful tourist season and to create an atmosphere of threat among the citizens of the Country.

Section 505 of RPC deals with Statement Conducting to Public Mischief. Subsection (1) states that whoever makes, publishes, or circulates any statement and clause (b) of the Section deals with intent to cause, fear or alarm to the public to commit an offence against the State or against the public tranquility. 

The petitioner asserts that the incident of stone-pelting on tourists had taken place and also has been acknowledged… Continue Reading...


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