Delhi HC to hear defamation plea against Republic TV and Times Now channels from 34 Bollywood productions

The petitioners claimed that these so-called “media trials” were infringing on their right to privacy under Article 21 of the Constitution. They also felt that their reputation was being spoiled by painting the entire film industry to be synonymous with scandals, criminals and drugs in the eyes of the public.

They also wanted these channels to abide by the Programme Code under the Cable Television Networks Rules, 1994, and to withdraw, recall and take down all defamatory content published by them against Bollywood. According to the plaintiffs, the channels in question have been regularly flouting the Programme Code framed under Section 5 of the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995 and contained in Rule 6 of the Cable Television Network Rules, 1994, which governs the television channels.

The petitioners said that though they do not want a blanket ban against media coverage into the case investigation of Sushant Singh Rajput’s suicide, but merely sought a perpetual and mandatory injunction against the defendants from carrying on with the reportage that violates applicable laws. The suit has been filed by DSK Legal on behalf of the plaintiffs. The matter would be heard on 9th november, 2020.

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