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Court directs ministry to investigate Baba's shows for 'spreading superstition'

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MUMBAI: The Allahabad High Court has directed the information and broadcasting ministry to probe allegations that the television shows of godman Nirmal Baba were spreading superstition.  

A bench of Justice Sanjai Harkauli and Justice AP Sahi passed the fiat on a public interest litigation (PIL) moved in 2012 by K.Saran, a Lucknow-based lawyer, PTI reported.

If the allegations against Nirmal Baba?s show were found to be true, the high court directive stated, the ministry must take action.

The petitioner had sought action against the television channels broadcasting the programmes of Nirmal Baba under the Rule 6 of the Cable Television Network Rules 1994. The petitioner had alleged that the baba's shows were encouraging blind faith and superstition.

The petitioner had pleaded that the provisions of relevant law and Rules 1994 specifically provide that if such channels do not stop showing contents with superstition and blind faith, the government could revoke the permission granted for running the channel.

In a separate case earlier, an FIR was registered against the chief managing director (CMD) and editor-in-chief of Sudarshan news channel for allegedly instigating enmity between different groups on the grounds of religion. Sudarshan TV is among the list of channels which has applied to  the ministry of information and broadcasting for approval of two more channels.

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