Delhi High Court stays broadcast of Sudarshan TV’s communal show

The Delhi High Court has stayed the broadcast of a show of Sudarshan News channel supposedly based on the infiltration of Muslims in the Civil Services on an appeal filed by students of Jamia Millia Islamia.

The stay order has been passed by a single bench of Justice Navin Chawla in an urgent hearing. Advocate Shadan Farasat for the petitioners had sought a ban of the proposed broadcast of a program titled Bindas Bolo Sudarshan News, scheduled to be aired at 8 pm today, supposedly containing content that may slander, attack and encourage hatred against Jamia Millia Islamia, its alumni and the Muslim community.

As per the Petitioners, they have seen the trailer of the show, anchored by journalist Surat Chavhanke, in which Chavhanke has openly engaged in hate speech and defamation against students of Jamia Milia Islamia and the Muslim community.

The petitioner submitted the show claims that the success of Jamia Milia Islamia students in the Civil Services examination 2020 represents a conspiracy. It was contested that the proposed broadcast along with the translate violates the programme code set out under the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act. The proposed broadcast and trailer also constitute hate speech.

The trailer for the show had drawn a backlash on social media. The show was purportedly an “exposé” on the increase in the number of Muslims who qualified the civil services exam in 2020. It referred to Jamia Millia’s students as “jihadis” trying to “infiltrate” the civil services.