The Delhi High Court, on Monday, issued a notice to Aaj Tak, Press Council of India, and the Centre on a plea claiming to misreport by the news channel on the farmer’s Republic day tractor rally.
By: Megha Ravindran BBA LLB Nehru Academy of Law.
The Petitioner seeks for restraining fake news by taking accountability measures as well as framing guidelines, laws, and bye-laws.
Manjit Singh G.K, who was the President of a religious party called Jagg Asra Guru Ott and also is a resident of Delhi, has filed the petition for seeking the High Court to issue an order or direction restraining the respondents for spreading fake news by setting accountability, liability, and responsibility of the authorities by framing guidelines, laws, bye-laws. It also for fixing punishment or penalties for the violation of such laws and guidelines.
The Petitioner claimed that farmer leaders had been ensuring that no inconvenience is caused to the public because of their protest.
On the 72nd Republic day, “due to the infiltration of the protests by certain anti-social and ill-motivated elements,” the police authorities created a severe assault on the tractor rally, which allowed the anti-social elements to create a ruckus.
So, the Petitioner said that this opportunity could create a ruckus among the public with the object of delegitimizing the protests.
The plea declared that Aaj Tak’s correspondent Arvind Ojha, in a video, claimed that the protestors were involved in the vilification and destruction of the tableaus of UP and Uttarakhand which were not true.
The plea said that ‘the tirade launched through the circulation such malicious and vindictive videos are meant to outrage the dignity, modesty, and goodwill of the “Sikh” community and to incite public sentiments against the people belonging the “Sikh” community ” and also this could result in tragic consequences for the community.
The Delhi Police on January 30 arrested 84 people and 38 FIR was filed in connection with the violence.