Delhi HC asks media houses to restrain publishing of defamatory content Credit: Representational image

The Delhi High Court on Monday heard the case against various media houses by four Bollywood industry associations and 34 leading producers for publishing irresponsible and defamatory remarks against the Bollywood industry during the coverage of the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput.

The High Court issued notice to Republic TV, Times Now and their editors Arnab Goswami and Navika Kumar. Headed by Justice Rajiv Shakhder, the Delhi High Court bench also asked media houses AGR Outlier Media Pvt Ltd and Benet Coleman and Company Ltd to restrain from uploading defamatory content on social media platforms and displayed on their channels.

As per reports for further hearing of the case on December 14, Justice Rajiv Shakdher asked the news channels to follow the Programme Code provided under the Cable Television Networks Rules. He also said that the courts hesitate to restrain media reports but expect fair reportage. He also recollected the ’lovely’ broadcasters of Doordarshan in its heydays.

Earlier, a group of leading Bollywood filmmakers had filed a lawsuit and sought action against ‘media trials of Bollywood personalities’ and painting the entire ‘Bollywood as criminals’. The petition also mentioned that the channels used derogatory words such as ‘dirt’, ‘druggies’, ‘filth’ and ‘scum’ and other such remarks while referring to the industry. This plea filed through DSK Legal had also sought directions to restrain these news channels from interfering with the right to privacy of the people associated with Bollywood.

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