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Bombay HC urges media to Exercise restraint before publishing reports that may hamper probe in Sushant Singh Rajput case

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Division Bench of Bombay High Court  consisting A.A. Sayed and Surendra P. Tavade, JJ. while addressing a PIL filed by former IPS officers with regard to the Sushant Singh Rajput death case urged media channels to show restraint in reporting on the case concerning the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput.

High Court passed an order stating that it expects and urges the media to show restraint before reporting anything that would hamper the investigation into the case.

High Court while addressing the issue said-

” we only urge and expect the said Respondents to exercise restraint in the media reporting pertaining to the investigation of unnatural death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput which would in any manner hamper or prejudice the ongoing investigation which is being carried out by Respondent No.4-CBI after the imprimatur of the Supreme Court vide judgment and order dated 19-08-2020″, the Court said.

The Court added that it would like to have the response of the CBI on record before it considers other reliefs sought for in two PILs filed registering over media trial being conducted.

The Court said that it would like to have the response of the CBI on record, before it considers other reliefs sought for in two PIL filed in the matter.

Petitioners Counsel brought the Court’s attention to the “Code of Ethics and Broadcasting Standards” issued by respondent 3 — News Broadcasting Association which inter alia speaks of ‘principles of self-regulation’, impartially, objectivity, neutrality and privacy.

Further, the media advisory dated 28-08-2020 of the respondent 2 — Press Council of India has also been observed.

Bench on perusal of the above urged and expected the respondents to exercise restrain in the media reporting pertaining to the investigation of the unnatural death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput which would in any manner hamper or prejudice the ongoing investigation which is being carried out by the respondent 4 – CBI after imprimatur of the Supreme Court vide judgment and order dated 19-08-2020.

Matter is listed for 10-09-2020.