Tablighi Jamaat case: SC questions Centre if it can keep control on inflammatory TV shows

The SC on Thursday asked the Centre about its powers under the Cable TV Networks (Regulation) Act 1994 that enable it to regulate broadcast content on electronic media which has the capacity to provoke violence.

The bench of Chief Justice S.A. Bobde, Justices A.S. Bopanna and V. Ramasubramanian heard the batch of petitions including the one by the Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind. “We are not concerned so much with what people are saying, people say anything these days. We are concerned with situations that may create violence and lead to loss of property and life,” the bench said.

CJI Bobde said, “Your affidavit does not show how the Cable Television Network Act is applicable. Why are you asking us to mix up cable, television and network?”

The petitioners in this case had alleged that certain sections of the media pinned the blame on the entire Muslim community for spreading coronavirus across the country in the backdrop of the Tablighi Jamat markaz in New Delhi.

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