Arnab Goswami, editor-in-chief of Republic TV and the group, is surrounded by many difficulties these days. Now in the case of Sushant Singh Rajput death case, the Bombay High Court has also made strict comments about the channel. The High Court said that both Republic TV and Times Now crossed their boundaries. They themselves investigated, became lawyers, and judge as well.
The two-judge bench made this remark during the hearing on the PIL filed by a former Maharashtra police officer, NGO and lawyers. The PIL demanded that such media trials be banned.
Bombay High Court judgement
In a 251-page judgment, the court said, “To be smarter than each other, these two channels started a virtual fight for truth and justice. Their belief is that the Mumbai Police does not protect people’s rights. They also blew the responsibility of CRPC orders and law and order.
It says that these two TV channels started investigating on their own. They became a lawyer and then became a judge and pronounced the judgment themselves. During the epidemic, only they were awake and the rest were asleep. The court said that in the news report, such things were being said about Mumbai Police and Rhea Chakravarty, which reduces the trust of people in law and order and police. The bench said that it is expected that the channels will understand their responsibility from now on and will not do such reporting in legal matters.
The court said that such reporting in pending cases violates the cable TV network regulation act. “In our view, the transmission of such reports, debates and interviews is a matter of criminal contempt.” The court directed the TV channels to follow the guidelines of the Press Council of India.
The Bombay High Court also said that due to media in the Priyadarshini Mattoo case, Jessica Lal, Nitish Katara and Bijal Joshi cases, justice was deleivered or else the culprits would have been released. But overzealous journalism should be avoided. Such reporting is not good for attracting people so that the justice system is hampered.