As many as eight ex-IPS officers have moved the Bombay High Court against what they term “unfair, malicious and false media campaign” towards the Mumbai Police. The petition was filed on August 31, and urged the court that the “media trial” should be stopped.
The petitioners include former Maharashtra DGPs M N Singh, P S Pasricha, D K Sivanandan, Sanjiv Dayal, Satish Mathur and K Subramanyam, former Mumbai police commissioner D N Jadhav, and former additional DGP K P Raghuvanshi.
The petition states, “Media organisations should be directed to ensure that reporting of ongoing investigations is done in a balanced, ethical, unbiased and objective manner and to not turn such reporting into a media trial and a vilification campaign against the police and others.”
It further added that a section of news channels are trying to influence the investigation, along with airing false propaganda against the Mumbai Police. The plea sought directions to concerned authorities to frame guidelines for the media when it comes to reporting such cases.
Filed just a couple of days ago, the petition is yet to be listed for hearing.
Earlier in the day, the lawyer for Sushant Singh Rajput’s family claimed that the family has alleged that the Mumbai Police had recorded the family’s statement in Marathi — a language they were not familiar with. Why they have not raised any issue about it in the last many weeks is still not clear.
More actors have now come out to stand by Rhea Chakraborty, saying the vilification campaign against her needs to end. Among those who have spoken of a media trial against Rhea are Vidya Balan, Lakshmi Manchu, Taapsee Pannu and Shibani Dandekar.