NEW DELHI — The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the Central Government and the Press Council of India (PCI) to file a response to a Public Interest Litigations (PILs) filed by Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind and others seeking directions to prevent the communalisation of Nizamuddin Markaz issue by certain sections of Print and electronic media.
The court sought response within two weeks about action taken against TV channels for broadcasting allegedly communally sensitive news in violation of Cable TV (Regulation) Act.
A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) S A Bobde also directed petitioners to implead the News Broadcasters Association (NBA) as a party respondent in the array of parties.
The court sought to know whether the Press Council of India (PCI) has initiated any action on allegations that certain sections of print and electronic media had communalised the Nizamuddin Markaz issue involving members of Tablighi Jamaat.
The top court also asked the Centre to respond to a plea seeking a probe into the circumstances leading to the holding of the Tablighi Jamaat convention in Nizamuddin in the national capital in March this year.
In earlier hearing on April 13, a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of India had asked the petitioner to implead the Press Council of India, saying it “will not gag the press.”
Maulana Arshad Madani, president of Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind reacting on the court hearing said that we were expecting that apex court will issue its decision today. However, Supreme Court’s notices to the central government and the Press Council of India to explain what actions they have taken against the erring news channels as per Cable TV Networks Sections 19&29 is encouraging, said Maulana Madani.