New Delhi, 17 November (IANS). The Supreme Court on Tuesday expressed strong displeasure over the Centre’s affidavit in a case related to media reporting on the Tablighi Jamaat troupe during the onset of the Kovid-19 epidemic.
The apex court asked the Center to develop a mechanism to look into the content issues being presented on TV or the court should hand over the work to an outside agency.
A bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde told Solicitor General Tushar Mehta that the court was not happy with the Centre’s affidavit in the case. Also asked what powers the government has under the Cable TV Network Act to listen to such complaints and how it can control the content of cable TV.
The court said, there is no mention of it in your affidavit. The second issue is that what steps can you take to deal with such complaints? You have power under the Act. If it is not, you create an authorization for it, otherwise we will hand it over to an external agency.
The apex court has also asked the Center to explain what action can be taken against fake news in 3 weeks.
Earlier in August, the Supreme Court said during the hearing of the petition of Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind that governments do not work unless we give instructions.
Apart from this, the apex court had suggested the National Broadcasters Association (NBA) to be a party in this petition. At the same time, the counsel of the Press Council of India (PCI) had argued before the bench that it had taken cognizance of 50 cases of false reporting. He had received about 100 such complaints.
SDJ / SGK