The Delhi High Court ordered to continue the ban on the telecast of controversial BBC documentary ‘India’s daughter’. Central government has been asked to place the advisory issued by it to prohibit the exhibition of the documentary.
Two Public Interest Litigations (PILs) for the annulment of the ban on the documentary’s telecast were posted to the division bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice RS Endlaw.
The Bench said, “Place before this court the advisory issued by the ministry of information and broadcasting”.
Earlier, the pending case in Supreme Court was cited as the reason by a different bench for its inability to immediately revoke the ban on the telecast. The same bench had also agreed to the fact that media trials tend to create pressure on the judges by influencing them.
The PILs have called the ban as an illegal act by the home ministry, the information and broadcasting ministry and the Delhi Police Commissioner as it clearly violates the fundamental rights under Article 19 of the Constitution.
An advisory was issued on March 3 by the Centre to ban its broadcast, and the trial court had banned it on March 4 until further orders.
The documentary which is about the brutal gang rape of 23-year-old woman in a moving bus in Delhi on December 16 kicked up controversy as one of the convicts was interviewed in Tihar Jail for it. The documentary which also has the incredulous remarks about women by the convict’s lawyers raised uproars after its telecast was banned in all formats.