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Plea Against 'Aaj Tak' for Alleged Misreporting of Tractor Rally Adjourned by Delhi HC

Lawstreet Journal 28 Feb 2021 6:13pm

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A division bench led by the Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court, along with Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Jasmeet Singh on Friday ( February 26, 2021) said that it will not hear the petitions seeking action against 'Aaj Tak' news channel over alleged misreporting of the tractor rally, and that the case will be assigned to another bench. 

“Not before this bench,” this was said as soon as the two writ petitions filed by former MP Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa and Manjit Singh GK weretaken. The petitions alleged that the 'Aaj Tak' channel ran a campaign against the entire Sikh community by wrongly reporting the tractor parade held in the national capital on the Republic Day as part of the farmers protests.

On February 1, 2021, the High Court had issued notice to Aaj Tak, Press Council and the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting on the petitions.

The plea alleged that ‘vicious, unmitigated, abhorrent, concocted and reprehensible actions’ by certain media houses (i.e. Aaj Tak), “have unleashed an offensive and potentially fatal communal attack on the "Sikh" community by continuous circulation and constant transmission of unverified videos through different platforms including their respective news channels, YouTube, and other such digital and online platforms, pursuant to the events that unfolded New Delhi on the 72nd Republic Day of India on 26.02.2021.”

According to the petitioners, the protestors including the farmer union leaders have been taking due care and caution to ensure that no convenience is caused to the public at large while… Continue Reading...

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