Mumbai: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) which is probing actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s loss of life instructed the Bombay Excessive Court docket on Friday that it had not leaked any info associated to the case to the media.
Listening to PILs about “media trial” within the case, the courtroom remarked that the media has change into “polarised” and it was a query not of regulation however “checks and balances”.
Extra Solicitor Common Anil Singh, representing the CBI, asserted that the Enforcement Directorate and Narcotics Management Bureau, that are additionally probing circumstances associated to the actor’s loss of life by suicide in June, too had not leaked any info.
All of the three central companies had filed affidavits within the courtroom stating that that they had not leaked any probe-related info, he stated.
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“We know our responsibilities and there is no question of leaking information by any of the agencies,” the ASG added.
A bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice G S Kulkarni was listening to ultimate arguments on public curiosity litigations in search of that the media be requested to be restrained in its protection of the probe into the actor’s loss of life.
The HC is listening to arguments on whether or not a statutory mechanism is required to regulate the TV information content material.
At an earlier listening to, the petitioners, which embody a gaggle of retired cops, had claimed that information channels had been broadcasting delicate info.
How had been the channels gaining access to such info, the petitioners requested, alleging that the probe companies should have been their sources.
The Union authorities, Nationwide Broadcasting Requirements Authority and the information channels that are celebration to the case instructed the HC that the digital media has a self-regulatory mechanism and the state should not have any management over their content material.
On Friday, as legal professionals of stories channels cited previous judgments to argue in opposition to a statutory regulatory mechanism, the HC remarked that the media has modified.
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“The media was neutral then (in the past). It is now highly polarised….This is not a question of regulation, this is a question of checks and balances. People forget where to draw lines. Do it within lines,” the judges stated.
“You want to criticize the government, do it. The issue is someone has died and the allegation is you are interfering,” the HC stated.
The listening to will proceed subsequent week.