Arnab Goswami’s Republic TV | HC to Hear Plea on Refraining

Ajay Devgn Ffilms, Rohit Shetty Picturez, Anil Kapoor, Roy Kapoor Films, Vinod Chopra Films along-with Aamir Khan, Salman Khan, Shahrukh Khan,Yashraj Films, Dharma Productions amongst 34 film producers & 4 associations who moved HC to refrain #RepublicTV & #TimesNow and their anchors from putting remarks on Bollywood.

The plea also sought the court’s direction to the central government, represented by its standing counsel Ajay Digpaul, to frame rules, regulations and guidelines to govern reporting or broadcasting of news related to criminal investigations by media outlets.”The entire charade undertaken by respondents 2 and 3 is nothing but an exercise to increase its TRPs and viewership at the cost of the accused’s right to fair trial,” the plea added.

Petitioner Mohammad Khalil’s concern was that Goswami and his company, through their broadcasts and publications, had been reporting “distorted and misleading” facts related to the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput.

“Respondent Numbers 2 and 3 (Goswami and his media company) have been on a constant witch-hunt against the accused, trying to link the smallest and most irrelevant information in a twisted manner to indicate and impute that the accused has a direct nexus to the death. The respondent 2 and 3 have presided as judge, jury and executioner and swayed the public opinion towards the culpability of the accused,” said the plea.

The plea alleged that Goswami and his channel published and broadcast selective details of the statement given by the accused to the Narcotics Control Bureau so as to indicate that the accused has been caught for alleged crimes.