Bollywood suit: Delhi HC orders news channels to ensure no defamatory content is displayed on social media

IS: DNA India

The Delhi High Court has issued a notice in a plea filed by 38 Bollywood production companies alleging misreporting and violation of the right to privacy by ‘Republic TV’ and ‘Times Now’ during reportage of the Sushant Singh Rajput death case. As per Bar and Bench, the court has asked the news channels to ensure that all the defamatory content against the complainants are not displayed anymore on their channels or social media handles.

Several Bollywood actors like Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Akshay Kumar, Salman Khan, and others had filed a case against these news channels through their production houses. Their counsel Rajiv Nayar had culled out defamation, Breach of Right to Privacy, Jeopardising personal safety, injurious falsehood, and Breach of the Programme Code.

The matter was heard by Justice Rajiv Shakdher, through video conferencing. He pointed out that the TV channels get so excited while reporting that they start using cuss words.

As reported by Bar and Bench, the court also cited the example of Princess Diana’s death.” In the case of Princess Diana, she died because she was racing away from the media. You can’t just go on like this,” the court said.