Delhi HC orders fresh action report from the Ministry in the Rakul Preet Singh’s case against news channels
On Thursday, the Delhi High Court directed the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to file a fresh status report on the action being taken against the TV channels who despite being non-members of the News Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA), broadcasted news linking actress Rakul Preet Singh with Riya Chakraborty in the drugs case. According to reports, these Non-NBSA TV channels have violated the Cable TV Network (Regulation), 1995.
Justice Pratibha Singh observed two status reports filed by NBSA as well as the action report filed by the ministry. Ajay Digpal, a lawyer for the central government, represented the Ministry. He said that necessary action has been taken against the TV channels and advisory has been issued to all private channels to follow the guidelines under the Cable TV Network (Regulation) Act.
At the same time, NBSA informed the court that it has considered the complaint of the actress and issued the required orders to the member channels. The High Court further instructed that if the petitioner possesses some details or links of such channels, it must be provided to the Ministry for appropriate action.
The High Court further asked the ministry to take necessary action against the infringing channels under the Cable TV Network (Regulation) Act and file the next status report within six weeks. The court has set the next hearing date for the matter on May 20.
Advocate Aman Hingorani, appearing on behalf of the actress, said that the ministry should take strict action against non-NBSA members under the law and claimed that some of the objectionable material that was aired has been removed by several media channels.