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Sushant Singh Rajput died on 14 June. His body was found hanging in his flat in Bandra, Mumbai. The Mumbai Police had termed it a case of suicide.
- The petition said – Police are being maligned in media trials
- People’s trust in Mumbai Police is decreasing due to media trial
A PIL has been filed in the Bombay High Court by 8 former top police officers of Maharashtra seeking a stay on the ongoing media trial in the Sushant Singh Rajput death case. The petition states that some TV anchors are maliciously campaigning against the Mumbai Police and its officials, and spreading fabrications.
The petitioners include several former Maharashtra Director Generals of Police and several former commissioners of Mumbai Police. These include former DGP PS Pasricha, K.K. Subramanian, D. Sivanandan, Sanjeev Dayal, Satish Chandra Mathur and former Mumbai Police Commissioner Mahesh N. Singh, Dhananjay N. Jadhav and former ATS chief KP Raghuvanshi.
Some channels are reporting biased
The PIL states that ‘a section of TV channels is trying to influence the investigations being conducted by central agencies through its biased reporting and false propaganda. Which has created an atmosphere of doubt in the general public about the facts related to the investigation of this case and Mumbai Police, Health Services and other support services of the state.
Discrediting police officers
On behalf of the officials, the argument said, “Some TV channels’ anchors have actually run a humiliating campaign against the Mumbai Police and its commissioner, Zone’s DCP and other officers 24 hours a day, in the meantime, in an absolutely indecent manner They are targeting him by taking his name.
Do not follow the principle of justice
The petition said that the Indian criminal justice system gives the right to hold the accused innocent until proven guilty, but is being widely violated by the media by conducting trials and creating an atmosphere of prejudice.
Mumbai Police’s image is affected
The PIL further states that such ‘irresponsible’ coverage is affecting the image of the Mumbai Police in the public’s mind and a parallel trial by private individuals is being conducted as a result of media trials, as well as submission of opinions. , Exposing witnesses and significant portions of evidence being revealed by investigative agencies even before they are investigated.
The petition further said, “Such irresponsible and malicious false propaganda is undermining public confidence in the police and especially the law enforcement apparatus of the state in this case.”
This type of reporting is not in public interest
The petition further stated the reputation of the Mumbai Police, stating, ‘Mumbai Police is one of the oldest police forces in India and its reputation has always been high in terms of professional efficiency and public service. There is no malicious and irresponsible attempt to bring it down.
The PIL was filed on Monday through Crawford Belle & Co. and senior counsel Milind Sathe and lawyer Chetan Kapadia and demanded an immediate hearing from the court.