38.6c New Delhi, India, Thursday, July 18, 2024
Judiciary

Karnataka HC Asks Petitioner to Explain Email containing warning to Discovery Channel against airing the Cauvery Calling Project Documentary [READ ORDER]

By Saransh Awasthi      14 September, 2020 11:05 AM      0 Comments
Cauvery Calling Discovery Channel

The Karnataka High Court on Tuesday (September 8, 2020) has sought an explanation from petitioner A.V. Amarnathan as to on what authority he sent an email to Discovery channel threatening it that airing any program on the 'Cauvery Calling' project would amount to contempt of Court.

A division bench comprising of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice Ashok S Kinagi while issuing the directions said that, "The petitioner claims to be a pro bono litigant. Making such representation to a television channel may raise a question whether the petitioner is really a pro bono litigant. The petitioner cannot threaten a television channel with contempt on the ground that if they telecast a program on the respondents, it will amount to contempt."

The direction was issued after a complaint was filed before the court by the ISHA Outreach, which manages the Cauvery Calling. The complaint said that the petitioner on August 21 sent an email to Discovery channel warning that telecasting the documentary, scheduled to be aired on August 22 at 6.30 p.m., would amount to contempt of court as the legality of the project is sub judice.

On the last hearing, the court asked the petitioner whether he has sent a legal notice to the channel or not, following which an affidavit in reply was filed by the petitioner. 

The Court today, after perusing the affidavit, said that "In the affidavit dated 5th September 2020 and in paragraph No.7, the petitioner has justified the action of informing the discovery channel that airing the program will amount to contempt. The petitioner appearing in person owes an explanation to the Court for this conduct."

A.V. Amarnathan, a city-based advocate filed a PIL before the High Court seeking directions to ISHA foundation to not collect funds from the public for the Cauvery Calling project. As per the petition, the foundation has a target of planting 253 crore saplings on the Cauvery basin, however, the same will be done by collecting a donation of Rs. 42 per sapling from the public donor. The petition states that the collection of money from the public is disturbing since the expected amount of donation is around Rs. 10K crore. 

"Foundation claims that it has conducted studies regarding the Cauvery Basin. But it ought to have submitted the said report to the State. And the state after deliberating the said studies should have given approval. But no such process is carried out. The petitioner submits that no private organization can be permitted to carry out any work, on the Government land, without there being a proper approval from the state", the plea states.

Earlier this year, the Court had asked Isha Foundation to disclose the amount it has collected for the 'Cauvery Calling Project. It was later informed to the Court that the project was being dealt with by ISHA Outreach under the ISHA Foundation.

The Honble High Court has directed the petitioner to file an affidavit stating whether he wants to justify the threat given to the television channel, within one week. The matter has been posted for the next hearing on September 24.

 

[READ ORDER] 



Share this article:



Leave a feedback about this
TRENDING NEWS

zero-fir-heres-all-you-need-to-know
Trending Know The Law
Zero FIR: Here’s all you need to know!

Understanding Zero FIR: Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita Section 154 allows FIR at any police station. E-FIR under Section 173 ensures efficient crime reporting in India.

17 July, 2024 01:25 PM
judicial-activist-ashwini-upadhyay-asks-sc-to-declare-amendment-to-preamble-as-unconstitutional
Trending Judiciary
Judicial activist Ashwini Upadhyay asks SC to declare amendment to Preamble as unconstitutional

Judicial activist Ashwini Upadhyay petitions SC to declare the 42nd Amendment to the Preamble, which added "Socialist," "Secular," and "Integrity," as unconstitutional.

17 July, 2024 05:14 PM

TOP STORIES

bombay-high-court-denies-interim-relief-in-plea-against-1-year-pan-masala-ban
Trending Judiciary
Bombay High Court denies interim relief in plea against 1 year Pan Masala Ban [Read Order]

Bombay High Court denies interim relief to petitioners challenging the 1-year ban on pan masala, citing arguable questions and ongoing similar cases.

12 July, 2024 10:00 AM
sc-collegium-recommends-appointment-of-chief-justices-of-eight-high-courts
Trending Judiciary
SC Collegium recommends appointment of Chief Justices of eight High Courts [Read Order]

SC Collegium recommends appointments of Chief Justices for Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, J&K, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Madras, and Meghalaya High Courts.

12 July, 2024 10:55 AM
sc-orders-interim-bail-for-kejriwal-in-ed-case-refers-issues-on-arrest-to-larger-bench
Trending Judiciary
SC orders interim bail for Kejriwal in ED case, refers issues on arrest to larger bench

SC grants interim bail to Kejriwal in ED case, refers arrest issues to larger bench; AAP leader remains in jail due to separate CBI arrest in liquor scam.

12 July, 2024 11:21 AM
hathras-incident-sc-refuses-to-consider-pil-on-inquiry-adequate-compensation
Trending Judiciary
Hathras incident: SC refuses to consider PIL on inquiry, adequate compensation

Supreme Court declines PIL on Hathras stampede inquiry and compensation, directs petitioner to approach High Court for addressing the issue.

12 July, 2024 01:38 PM

ADVERTISEMENT


Join Group

Signup for Our Newsletter

Get Exclusive access to members only content by email