The News Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA) has issued notice to Aaj Tak news channel for allegedly violating Allahabad HC’s order for maintaining confidentiality of the investigation in the Hathras Case.
Notices were issued after the Central Ministry of Information and Broadcasting asked the authority to take appropriate action against the channel, in view of the complaint filed by activist Saket Gokhale.
Gokhale had written in the matter of AajTak Channel For Allegedly Violating HC Order In Hathras Case to the Additional Chief Secretary of the UP Government, alleging that despite clear direction of the High Court to maintain confidentiality with regard to investigation of the case, Aaj Tak broadcasted a news report about the ongoing CBI investigation. It is alleged,
Copies of the complaint of AajTak Channel For Allegedly Violating HC Order In Hathras Case were also sent to the Central Ministry and CBI, for necessary compliance at their end.
During hearing of the suo moto PIL titled In re: Right To Decent & Dignified Last Rites/ Cremation, a Division Bench of the High Court had asked you investigating agency to maintain complete confidentiality.
“The State administration is directed to ensure the safety and security of the family members of the victim so that no harm is caused to them. It is further provided that the inquiry/investigation which is being carried-on in the matter, either by the S.I.T. or by any other agency such as CBI, be kept in full confidentially and no report or post thereof is leaked out in the public,” the Court had ordered.
Thus, Gokhale had urged the Additional Chief Secretary of the UP Government to take cognizance of such “blatant violation” by AajTak Channel For Allegedly Violating HC Order In Hathras Case and initiate appropriate action against Aaj Tak for non-compliance.