SC seeks Centre's reply on PIL for setting up body to regulate news broadcasters

Team SoOLEGAL 10 Aug 2020 4:37pm

SC seeks Centre's reply on PIL for setting up body to regulate news broadcasters

A PIL was filed by an Advocate Reepak Kansal regarding setting up of a new independent body for making rules and also to regulate broadcasting services in the country. On August 07, 2020 Supreme Court had asked for Centre’s reply on this particular PIL.

Justice S.A. Bobde, Justice A.S. Bopanna and Justice V. Ramasubramanian were hearing the plea. The plea stated that an independent body must be set up with the name ‘Broadcast Regulatory Authority of India’ to control the reports which are broadcasted on TV news channels on critical issues.

The petitioner wants a direction from the Court in order to protect the right to life with dignity which has been guaranteed under the Constitution of India and which is being violated by various news channels and Press. The Plea also stated that the Constitution also forbids an individual from making comments that allow others to commit an offence.

The petitioner also stated that the Constitution has also given power to the Legislation to implement restrictions on any individual or body regarding free speech if it seriously affects the security of the states, relation with foreign states, contempt of court, defamation and other such things.   

According to the petitioner there are many news channels or Press who are forwarding wrong information and also spreading negativity against the states or the country or against different communities.

Hence this particular plea has asked for directions from the Court for controlling these types of TV news or Medias who are spreading wrong information to the country and also defaming any particular individual or a body. Setting up a new regulatory body to control all the activities of TV news or Medias is very much essential. 

Tagged: Advocate Reepak Kansal   Supreme Court   Justice S.A. Bobde   Justice A.S. Bopanna   Justice V. Ramasubramanian   Constitution of IndiaBroadcast Regulatory Authority of India  
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