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TRP Scam: SC Refuses to Hear Republic TV’s Plea Against Mumbai Police

G Plus News | October 15, 2020 13:41 hrs

A Supreme Court bench headed by Justice Chandrachud on Thursday, 15 October, dismissed a petition filed by Republic TV against the Mumbai Police against its summons to members of the TV channel in the rigged TRPs case, LiveLaw reported.


The apex court allowed the channel to move Bombay High Court for relief instead, following which the petition was withdrawn by the channel’s counsel Harish Salve.


“Your office is at Worli. Worli to Flora Fountain
(where Bombay high court is situated) is closer. We should have faith in our high courts,” Justice Chandrachud said.


The judge, however, also deprecated the tendency of police officers going to the press.


“We are concerned with the police commissioners giving interviews to press these days,” justice Chandrachud remarked.


The Mumbai police had filed an affidavit opposing the plea stating that freedom of speech and expression under Article 19 of the Constitution cannot be used as a shield to commit crimes and prevent investigation into the offence.


The affidavit also said that Republic TV has been conducting TV debates into the scam and contacting witnesses and intimidating them.

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