New Delhi, September 10
The Delhi High Court on Thursday questioned Arnab Goswami for running a parallel investigation and trial in the Congress leader Shashi Tharoor’s wife Sunanda Pushkar’s death case and directed the journalist to be bound by his undertaking on showing restraint and bringing down the rhetoric while covering the matter.
Contempt plea against Sardesai for tweets
- New Delhi: A petition has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking initiation of criminal contempt proceedings against prominent journalist Rajdeep Sardesai for allegedly scandalising the judiciary by his tweets against the court and its judges.
- Petitioner Astha Khurana has sent an application to Attorney General KK Venugopal seeking consent for the initiation of contempt proceedings against Sardesai for allegedly disrespecting the SC. TNS
Justice Mukta Gupta said the court was not saying that anyone would gag the media, but at the same time, sanctity of investigation must be maintained. “Please show restraint. Once the police investigation is going on in the criminal case, there cannot be a parallel investigation by the media,” the judge said and remarked that people must take a course in criminal trial and then get into journalism.
The High Court referred to December 1, 2017, order in which it was stated that “Press cannot ‘convict anyone’ or insinuate that he/she is guilty or make any other unsubstantiated claims. Press has to exercise care and caution while reporting about matters under investigation or pending trial.”
It has been noted in the 2017 order that the counsel for the journalist and channel has assured the court that in future they would exercise restraint . — PTI
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