Saturday, 14 March 2015

Delhi HC refuses to lift ban on telecast of ‘India’s Daughter’ documentary

On 12 March, Delhi High Court refused to lift the ban imposed on the telecast of a documentary ‘India’s Daughter’ made by Oscar winner British filmmaker Leslee Udwin based on Delhi gang-rape case on December 2012 and features an interview of Mukesh Singh, the accused. The order was passed by a bench of Justices BD Ahmed and Sanjeev Sachdeva.
Three law students -Vibhor Anand, Arun Menon and Arun Kritika Padode had filed two separate PILs on the basis that "fundamental right of freedom of speech and expression of public have been infringed due to government’s action to ban the telecast of documentary- and the court refused to give an urgent hearing for the PIL. Then they approached to Delhi High Court where HC refused to lift the ban. The court said that media trial is likely to influence the trial of the case and hence it can not lift the ban.
The Information and Broadcasting Ministry had earlier issued an advisory to all television channels to not broadcast it. Moreover the ministry also sought an explanation from Tihar Jail authorities about the interview of the accused, Mukesh Singh that was conducted in judicial custody by the BBC journalist.


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