A division bench comprising of Chief Justice N K Sodhi and Justice
B Padmaraj heard the PIL against the telecast of the serials that
are allegedly affecting fair trial of criminal cases. Also contending
that the telecast timing of 10 pm everyday would seriously affect
children and could result in psychological and neurological disorders
and could incite the young to take to crime, the counsel sought
The petitioner Mr. A V Aamaranathan, an advocate, complained that
the police were disclosing confidential information and parading
the accused in front of the cameras, taking interviews of the victims,
police officials and others in violation of the principles of criminal
justice system and natural justice. The police officials were making
statements in the serails. The serials portrayed gory scenes that
were bound to have a negative effect on children and others.
The government counsel submitted that necessary instructions had
been issued and action such as suspension was taken against some
SI’s and PI’s The honorable judges directed that the some SP’s and
DIG’s should placed to stop police officials from participating
in such programmes.
The government counsel assured that necessary steps would be taken
to ensure that officials did not violate the criminals justice system,
but, sought a direction from the HC to stop parallel trial of criminal
cases by the electronic media during then process of investigation
or pendency of trials before the criminal courts.
Following arguments between the petitioners, the government counsel
and the counsel representing the TV channels, the hearing has been
adjourned to 17 January, 2005.