New Delhi: Cases seeking to lift the ban on the BBC documentary will be heard in the Supreme Court on February 6.
British media BBC recently released a documentary on the Gujarat riots. The central government has banned this documentary film under the Information Technology Act.
Senior advocate M.L. sought to lift the ban. Sharma has filed a case in the Supreme Court. In his petition, he said, “The ban on the BBC’s documentary is a violation of fundamental rights. This restriction should be removed. He has demanded that an inquiry be ordered into the sources published by the BBC in the documentary film.
Regarding the same issue, ‘The Hindu’ N. Ram, Senior Advocate Prashant Bhushan, Trinamool Congress MP. Mahua Moitra has filed a petition in the Supreme Court.
The BBC documentary was banned under Section 16 of the Information Technology Rules. The government order for this has not been published. The ban on the BBC documentary is illegal. This has deprived the people of their basic rights.
The media has a right to discuss and hear public opinion about the BBC documentary. The ban on BBC documentaries should be lifted. This is requested in the petition.
Yesterday, the petitioners appealed to Chief Justice Chandrachut of the Supreme Court that these petitions should be taken up for hearing immediately. Accepting this, the Chief Justice said that the petitions will be heard on February 6.
Union Law Minister Kiranrijuju posted on Twitter yesterday, “Thousands of people have filed petitions in the Supreme Court demanding justice. They await the verdict. But the petitions are being filed to waste the time of the Supreme Court,” he alleged.