The Supreme Court has banned the airing of two episodes of Sudarshan Television’s ‘Bindas Bol’ program. These episodes will air today Tuesday and tomorrow Wednesday. The Supreme Court said at first it seemed “insulting” to the Muslim community.
“At the moment, it seems that this program is disrespectful to the Muslim community,” the apex court said in its two-episode broadcast, alleging Muslim infiltration into the bureaucracy. A three-member bench headed by Justice DVI Chandrachud heard the appeal against the program and said it would hear the matter on September 1, 2017.
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court questioned Sudarshan TV’s program and said the media should have self-regulation. The TV show’s propaganda claims that conspiracies to infiltrate members of the Muslim community into government service are being exposed.
During the hearing of the petition filed against the program, the apex court said that the controversy over several media house programs was a matter of concern as it involved all sorts of defamatory acts. A bench of Justice Dhananjay Y Chandrachud, Justice Indu Malhotra and Justice KM Joseph said, “Look at this program, it is a bizarre phenomenon that a community is entering an administrative job.”
The bench said, “Look how provocative the issue of this program is that Muslims have infiltrated the services and without truth it has brought the Union Public Service Commission examinations under suspicion.” Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told the bench that freedom of the press was paramount and controlling the press would be fatal for any democratic system.
Shyam Dewan, senior advocate for Sudarshan TV, told the bench that the channel considered it investigative news in the national interest. In favor of this, the bench told Dewan, “Your client is harming the country and India, a country with diverse cultures, does not accept that.” Your client should exercise his right to freedom with caution. ”