38.6c New Delhi, India, Sunday, April 21, 2024
Legal Insiders

Delhi High Court Cites Princess Diana’s Case while deciding on a Lawsuit against Republic TV and Times Now

By Pavitra Shetty      11 November, 2020 06:03 PM      0 Comments
Delhi High Court Cites Princess Diana’s Case while deciding on a Lawsuitagainst Republic TV and Times Now

The Bollywood filmmakers filed a lawsuit in the Delhi High Court suit was filed against Republic TV’s Arnab Goswami and Pradeep Bhandari and Times Now’s Rahul Shivshankar and Navika Kumar.

The suit was filed against irresponsible reporting by media houses.

After one month of filing the suit the court ordered the two channels - Republic TV and Times Now to not displaydefamatory on their channels or on social media. 

Hindi film industry's biggest names, including Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgn, Karan Johar, Aditya Chopra, and Farhan Akhtar, came together to take legal action against the 2 media houses.

"Media can't run a parallel trial. You're a broadcaster... show news. There are less news and more opinion," the court told the channels today stressing the point that "things are being pre-judged".

Amid exchange of arguments, the court today recalled the circumstances under which British Royal Princess Diana died in 1997.

Justice Rajiv Shakdher who was hearing the petition said "Bollywood celebrities are entitled to privacy. Look what happened in the case of Princess Diana... she died because she was being chased by the media. You can't just go on like this. The courts are the last ones to want to regulate." 

"Even cuss words are being used during live debates. Nobody is stopping from reporting but the language and the manner have to be right," the court further said.

During the hearing, Justice Rajiv Shakdher asked the media houses - AGR Outlier Media Pvt Ltd and Bennett Coleman and Company Ltd - to ensure that no defamatory content is uploaded on social media platforms or displayed on their channels. 

Justice Rajiv Shakdher judge at another instance during the hearing said "15 years ago, there was an incident. A teacher in Delhi was accused by a TV channel of exposing children inappropriately. She was almost lynched. But none of that news about her was true. She did not even have the money to file a defamation case against the channel." 

"We expect fair reportage but sadly that is not happening. Not just in India but across the world. We used to find Doordarshan stale but now I wish it comes back. The black and white Doordarshan was so much better," he said.

Share this article:

Leave a feedback about this

Trending Judiciary
SC orders medical examination of 14-yr-old rape survivor seeking to terminate her 28-week pregnancy

Supreme Court orders medical examination of 14-year-old rape survivor seeking termination of 28-week pregnancy. Decision to be made after evaluating impact on her health.

20 April, 2024 11:00 AM


Trending Legal Insiders
Need to safeguard judiciary from unwarranted pressures: 21 ex-judges write letter to CJI

21 ex-judges write to CJI Chandrachud urging protection of judiciary from pressures undermining its integrity and autonomy.

15 April, 2024 12:17 PM
Trending Judiciary
SC notice to ED; declines early date on plea by Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal against arrest

SC issues notice to ED, declines early hearing on Delhi CM Kejriwal's plea against arrest in liquor scam.

15 April, 2024 03:08 PM
Trending Law School
Call For Chapters: Gender-Based Violence and Religion

Calling For Book Chapters: As an editor, Dr. Amit Anand, Assistant Professor, School of Legal Studies, REVA University, Bengaluru, is inviting people to contribute to a book, entitled "Gender-Based Violence and Religion." This book is scheduled to be published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

15 April, 2024 04:21 PM
Trending Top Stories
Cannot stop any public rally, Bombay HC on allegation that Ram Navami processions deliberately pass through Muslim-majority areas

The Bombay High Court calls upon the Maharashtra Police to ensure that no law and order issues occur during a Ram Navami rally in a Muslim-majority area in Mumbai.

15 April, 2024 06:36 PM


Join Group

Signup for Our Newsletter

Get Exclusive access to members only content by email