Calcutta HC grants advance bail to reporter, says voice was being muzzled

The calcutta high court has aforementioned it is the basic right of a reporter to publish news of “any illegal” activity “in an honest way” and “proper reporting” will facilitate the administration act against offenders, whereas allowing plea for anticipatory bail.

A division bench of Justice Bibek Chaudhuri and Justice Soumen sen made this observation in the matter of a Birbhum journalist whose report on unlawful sand-mining prompted 3 FIRs against him in 3 Police stations.

“A press reporter is anticipated to form the general public tuned in to any criminalness in an honest method. correct coverage of such incidents would assist the administration in taking applicable measures against offenders,” the bench said.

His report exposed some events sort of a Police vehicle chasing a sand-laden truck that led to , accident during that an individual died and another is a few cops collecting bribes from the truck’s occupants. The Court granted him bail states, “It cannot be denied that incidents of police taking bribes from vehicles are being often detected and reported”. “It felt a case was registered “to stifle and muzzle” the reporter’s voice”, Court added .

The Court directed the superintendent of police of Birbham to quash the FIRs against the reporter and investigate the felony incident mentioned inside the report and “take applicable action against the offenders”.

“At this stage, we are not involved with the falsity or truth of what has been revealed. But, considering the report and so the character of the offence inside the grievance, we tend to feel there is hardly any necessity for the Petitioner to be taken in custody for interrogation,” it added.

A notice underneath section 41A of Cr.P.C. should Be issued against complainant. and so the court said that , if the contents of the report were found to be true the complainant will “liable to be prosecuted”.

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