Supreme Court
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The Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to the government and the Press Council of India (PCI) on a PIL filed to set up an independent regulatory media tribunal or a judicial body to hear the complaints on hate speeches, fake and paid news and communal propaganda.

A Bench headed by CJI SA Bobde, and also comprising Justices AS Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian admitted the writ petition by 2 Pune-based activist — film-maker Nilesh Navalakha and civil engineer Nitin Memane and agreed to hear it at the next hearing on March 12.

The plea said such a high-powered tribunal can review entire legal framework related to media business regulations and suggest guidelines to inflict consequences on the media organisations and journalists for acting in a fashion contrary to the constitutional goals and morality. Notices were also issued to respondents— News Broadcasting Standa­rds Authority, News Broadcasters Association, News Broadcasting Federation and the PTI.


The SC iss­u­­­ed a notice to the law minis­try on appointment of the chairman of the Law Commis­sion on the post lying vacant since retire­ment of Justice (retd) BS Chau­han in August 2018. It acted on a PIL by BJP leader advocate Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay, pointing out vacancy of many other members of the panel. The plea sought appointment of the chairman and members in a month and declare it as a statutory body to save it from becoming non-functional.

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