Supreme Court : Why can’t the government take restrictive action on the news channels?


A bench headed by Chief Justice of the Supreme Court S. A. Bobde made important remarks in the law and order case on Thursday. In Delhi, during the farmers’ hunger strike on 26 January, the government ordered the closure of the internet in some areas. The bench said, “It is necessary to stop the inflammatory information. Then why can’t the government take restrictive action like shutting down the internet on news channels?” The court made this remark during the hearing of the case related to Tablighi Jamaat. 

Tusshar Mehta told, “Some channels have incessantly inflammatory content, but the government does nothing. Control over such channels is as important as other restrictive steps you take to maintain law and order. I do not mean any aggressive action, but you do not do anything in such cases”. He further said, “Nobody has any problem with clean and true news, but the problem comes when inflammatory news is given. Impressed by this, the people attack another community. Stopping them is as important as giving sticks in the hands of policemen”.

Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind and others have filed a petition in the apex court. It has argued that during the Corona-period in March-April last year, the media made insensitive reporting in Delhi’s Nizamuddin Markaz case. Tabligi Jamaat in Markaz was cited as the reason for the spread of Corona. They were portrayed as villains. This has tarnished the image of the Muslim community. The court deferred the hearing for three weeks after hearing all the parties.