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BBC documentary row: SC agrees to hear plea against Centre’s ban

Written by  Shefali Kohli -- January 30th 2023 12:27 PM
BBC documentary row: SC agrees to hear plea against Centre’s ban

BBC documentary row: SC agrees to hear plea against Centre’s ban

New Delhi, January 30: The Supreme Court agreed hear plea against Centre’s ban on a BBC documentary on the 2002 Gujarat riots in the country.

A bench headed by Chief Justice  DY Chandrachud said it would list the matter for hearing on next Monday.

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Advocate ML Sharma, who has filed the PIL, mentioned the matter for early hearing.

The PIL termed the Centre's decision as, "illegal, mala fide, arbitrary and unconstitutional".

Meanwhile, senior advocate CU Singh also mentioned before the bench on how tweets by senior journalist N Ram and advocate Prashant Bhushan with links of the BBC documentary were deleted using "emergency powers" and how students from Ajmer were suspended for streaming the documentary.

The PIL filed by advocate Sharma also urged the apex court to call and examine the BBC documentary - both parts I and II - and sought action against persons who were responsible and were involved directly and indirectly with the 2002 Gujarat riots.

PIL has raised a constitutional question and the apex court has to decide whether citizens have the right under Article 19 (1) (2) to see news, facts and reports on the 2002 Gujarat riots, Sharma said.PIL further stated that, "Issue writ of mandamus to the Respondent for quashing of the impugned order dated January 21, 2023 issued under rule 16 of IT rule 2021 being illegal, malafide and arbitrary unconstitutional and void ab-initio and ultra vires to the Constitution of India to provide complete justice." 

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Centre also issued directions for blocking multiple YouTube videos and Twitter posts sharing links to the controversial BBC documentary.

 It further added that, "Whether without having an Emergency declared under Article 352 of the Constitution of India by the president, Emergency provisions can be invoked by the central government?" 




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