Centre indicts Sudarshan TV for violation of Programme Code

I&B Ministry ‘cautions’ Sudarshan TV, but allows it to telecast remaining episodes of ‘UPSC Jihad’ after modification and moderation

Centre indicts Sudarshan TV for violation of Programme Code

Screen grab of Suresh Chavhanke in the controversial programme 'Bindas Bol'.

Satya Prakash
Tribune News Service
New Delhi, November 18

The Centre has indicted Sudarshan TV for violation of Programme Code and cautioned it for telecasting ‘UPSC Jihad’ which was not in “good taste” and “offensive” but allowed the channel to telecast remaining episodes of the controversial programme after suitable modification and moderation.

In an affidavit filed in the top court, the Information and Broadcasting Ministry noted that the episodes telecast by the channel “has likelihood of promoting communal attitudes”.

“If any violation of the Programme Code is found in future, stricter penal action would be taken,” the ministry said.

Cautioning the channel, the I&B Ministry said, “The channel should review the contents of the future episodes of the programme ‘Bindas Bol – UPSC Jihad, and the audio-visual content should be suitably moderated and modified, so as to ensure that there is no violation of the Programme Code…”

The affidavit is likely to be taken up for hearing by the Supreme Court on Thursday.

The Supreme Court had on September 23 deferred hearing on a petition seeking ban on Sudarshan News’ controversial programme ‘UPSC Jihad’ after the Centre said it has issued a show cause notice to the TV channel.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta had told a Bench led by Justice DY Chandrachud that in exercise of power conferred upon it under the Cable TV Network (Regulation) Act, 1995 the Central government has issued a show cause notice to Sudarshan News today.

The Bench had, however, made it clear that the notice shall be dealt with in accordance with law and its order restraining Sudarshan News from telecasting further episodes of its controversial programme shall continue. The programme had alleged Muslims were “infiltrating” civil services in a planned manner.

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