Mumbai: In an unprecedented gesture, eight retired IPS officers have rallied collectively on behalf of the Mumbai Police to avoid wasting its popularity being maligned within the ongoing high-profile probe into late actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s loss of life case and the following “media trial”.
The eight former officers — who held prime positions within the Maharashtra Police — have filed public curiosity litigation within the Bombay Excessive Court docket searching for instructions to halt the “unfair, malicious and false media campaign” towards the Mumbai Police within the matter.
The petitioners are: M.N. Singh, P.S. Pasricha, D.N. Jadhav, D. Shivanandan, Sanjeev Dayal, Ok. Subramaniam, S.C. Mathur and Ok.P. Raghuvanshi — all Administrators-Normal stage on the time of their retirement and having fun with an envious popularity.
Residence Minister Anil Deshmukh lauded the transfer by the retired IPS officers on Thursday.
“Maharashtra and Mumbai Police have a reputation. They are compared to the Scotland Yard… The manner in which Mumbai Police was targeted in the (Sushant) case, I welcome the PIL,” Deshmukh instructed media individuals.
Filed by a distinguished legislation agency, Crawford, Bayley & Firm’s Senior Advocate Milind Sathe, the PIL has named the Union and State Governments, Press Council of India and Information Broadcasters Affiliation, and is anticipated to come back up for listening to shortly.
Amongst different issues, the petitioners have sought tips or directions for the media homes, whether or not print, digital, radio, Web or tv or every other kind, to chorus from publishing and circulating any false, derogatory and scandalous feedback, social media posts, information tales, and so on, that might jeopardise the police’s popularity and should trigger the individuals to lose religion within the system and the police administration, or hinder the reason for administration of justice.
They’ve additionally urged for directions on “ethical reporting” and accountable journalism, fixed monitoring by the related authorities, and motion in case any media home violates the identical.
The PIL referred to some TV channels making an attempt to affect the course of investigations carried out by the Central businesses by their biased reporting and false propaganda, which has created “an air of suspicion” within the minds of the individuals each on the info of the (Sushant) case and likewise in regards to the Mumbai Police, the well being providers and different assist providers within the state.
They identified that Mumbai Police is without doubt one of the oldest forces in India which has at all times loved “a very high reputation for professional competence and public service” and any malicious or irresponsible makes an attempt to run it down usually are not within the public curiosity.
Whereas the PIL totally supported the position of freedom of press, speech and expression as an necessary ingredient of democracy and rule of legislation, they expressed grave concern over the pattern in media reporting, particularly TV channels and felt it wanted to be checked by appropriate court docket directives or complete tips.
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