Delhi HC slams news channels after filmmakers, producers take legal action; Mentions Princess Diana's case

In the wake of Sushant Singh Rajput's demise, two news channels were slapped with defamation by Bollywood leading filmmakers, actors, producers and associations.
Delhi HC slams news channels after filmmakers, producers take legal action; Mentions Princess Diana's case.
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Almost a month after Bollywood's leading producers, filmmakers and various associations came together and took legal action against two national news channels, the Delhi High Court on Monday slammed these channels for showing less of news and 'more opinion'. The legal action was taken by industry's top stars like Aamir Khan, Zoya Akhtar, Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgn, Karan Johar, Aditya Chopra and Farhan Akhtar against media houses for 'irresponsible reporting' and addressing celebrities as well as the industry as 'scum, filth and druggies' among others. 

In the wake of Sushant Singh Rajput's demise, two news channels have been slapped with defamation complaints by these stars. The Delhi HC took this case in account and directed the news channels to stop airing 'defamatory content'. Justice Rajiv Shakdher told the channels that the media cannot run a 'parallel trial' in a probe that is already being investigated by three central agencies. 

The court also cited Princess Diana's case who died in a car crash in 1997 while being chased by the paparazzi in France. The court said, "You're a broadcaster... show news. There is less news and more opinion," adding that "things are being pre-judged".  

During arguments, the judge also said that celebrities are entitled to privacy. Justice Rajiv Shakdher remarked, "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."

The judge added, "Even cuss words are being used during live debates. Nobody is stopping from reporting but language and the manner has to be right."

The court has now directed the channels to not air 'defamatory content' as well as not publish it on social media.  It has also asked the channels to file their responses in two weeks time and mentioned the days of Doordarshan. Justice Shakdher said, "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." 

ALSO READ: Shah Rukh Khan, Salman & other producers move to Delhi HC against 2 news channels for irresponsible reporting

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Anonymous 2 months ago

When srk abused a person in public, they made it a great issue and made a lot of debates on it and said srk have no right to abuse. If that is true,then why shouldn't srk make a case against media as they are constantly abusing others and using bad language?

Anonymous 2 months ago

I'm ready for Don 3 to be realease. It's Srk's best action movie. I can't wait to see what happens next. Keep going Srk. I love your movies.

Anonymous 3 months ago

Soon the mention of sushants name will be blocked from media.

Anonymous 3 months ago

I hope so, but maybe they'll find something else to distract people

Anonymous 3 months ago

What happend to me to allegations bollywood had no response for that.

Anonymous 3 months ago

Prove it is lies bullywood dont just use power to cover it up

Anonymous 3 months ago

A democracy no more.

Anonymous 3 months ago

Thanks to modiji

Anonymous 3 months ago

Literally controlling the news, the narative. They control what is said about them now. They have to much control this is terrifying.

Anonymous 3 months ago

#freedom of speech

Anonymous 3 months ago

Long dead because of invaders Modi-shah

Anonymous 3 months ago

Bullywood now controlling media silences all media. Controls police.

Anonymous 3 months ago

scum, filth and druggies sounds about right

Anonymous 3 months ago

News channel did the right thing to call out the Bollywood mobs

Anonymous 3 months ago

Bollywood go file a case against public stating they are no more watching them. Lol

Anonymous 3 months ago

oh wow ... this is unbelievable...

Anonymous 3 months ago

Full crap! Judge bik gaya kya? Sach nahi sunna? So many names taken by these channels actually were probed and are been questioned even as of today with raids happening. So please..spare me the @@@@

Anonymous 3 months ago

Good job Delhi HC