Sushant Singh Rajput Case: Ex-IPS Officers files a PIL urging for 'ethical reporting'

In an unprecedented gesture, eight retired IPS officers have rallied together on behalf of the Mumbai Police to save its reputation being maligned in the ongoing high-profile probe into late actor Sushant Singh Rajput's death case and the subsequent "media trial".
Sushant Singh Rajput Case: Ex-IPS Officers files a PIL urging for 'ethical reporting'Sushant Singh Rajput Case: Ex-IPS Officers files a PIL urging for 'ethical reporting'
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The eight former officers -- who held top positions in the Maharashtra Police -- have filed a public interest litigation in the Bombay High Court seeking directions to halt the "unfair, malicious and false media campaign" against the Mumbai Police in the matter.

The petitioners are: M.N. Singh, P.S. Pasricha, D.N. Jadhav, D. Shivanandan, Sanjeev Dayal, K. Subramaniam, S.C. Mathur and K.P. Raghuvanshi -- all Directors-General level at the time of their retirement and enjoying an envious reputation.

Home Minister Anil Deshmukh lauded the move by the retired IPS officers on Thursday.

"Maharashtra and Mumbai Police have a reputation. They are compared to the Scotland Yard... The manner in which Mumbai Police was targeted in the (Sushant) case, I welcome the PIL," Deshmukh told mediapersons.

Filed through a prominent law firm, Crawford, Bayley & Company's Senior Advocate Milind Sathe, the PIL has named the Union and State Governments, Press Council of India and News Broadcasters Association, and is expected to come up for hearing shortly.

Among other things, the petitioners have sought guidelines or instructions for the media houses, whether print, electronic, radio, Internet or television or any other form, to refrain from publishing and circulating any false, derogatory and scandalous comments, social media posts, news stories, etc, that could jeopardise the police's reputation and may cause the people to lose faith in the system and the police administration, or hinder the cause of administration of justice.

They have also urged for instructions on "ethical reporting" and responsible journalism, constant monitoring by the relevant authorities, and action in case any media house violates the same.

The PIL referred to some TV channels attempting to influence the course of investigations carried out by the Central agencies through their biased reporting and false propaganda, which has created "an air of suspicion" in the minds of the people both on the facts of the (Sushant) case and also about the Mumbai Police, the health services and other support services in the state.

They pointed out that Mumbai Police is one of the oldest forces in India which has always enjoyed "a very high reputation for professional competence and public service" and any malicious or irresponsible attempts to run it down are not in the public interest.

While the PIL fully supported the role of freedom of press, speech and expression as an important ingredient of democracy and rule of law, they expressed grave concern over the trend in media reporting, especially TV channels and felt it needed to be checked through suitable court directives or comprehensive guidelines.

Also Read: Sushant Singh Rajput: Mumbai Police forced late actor's family to sign statement in Marathi, claims lawyer

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Anonymous 2 months ago

The Scotland Yard of India will do anything and everything in their capacity to prove all the mysterious deaths as suicide. The parents and relatives of the dead will be silenced at gun point. Not even compensated. The Scotland Yard of India will stay mute spectators until such time the 1,30,00,000 people of India are represented by the media and a conclusive case filed. The Scotland Yard retired officials should hang themselves and their family members who also partake such of the earnings be it material or otherwise, for staying mute spectators. Who said the police is incapable. All say that the police is not reporting properly. In fact the media is helping the Mumbai police to come forward. There is also a call for President's Rule, so that the Mumbai police can come out with their findings which they are otherwise not able to. What is the grievance of these retired officials? Have they not earned enough pre retirement? Gracing so many parties thrown by the political parties and Bollywood Syndicate even post retirement. Very unfortunate for the Indian Judiciary and the population of India.

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