The observation came from a division bench of Justice Devi Prasad Singh and Justice Ashok Pal Singh on a petition filed by activist Nutan Thakur against alleged `media trial’. The bench said that for any misconduct committed by the print media statutory forum is available in the form of Press Council of India but with regard to the electronic media no such statutory forum is available which seems to be not proper in a country which is run by rule of law and governed by the democratic polity. Hence the Union needs to provide statutory forum for electronic-media, the bench added.
The court also said that electronic media immediately effects mind of the people and now it is well established that some time paid news items are published by the media which is an instance of abuse of power. Hence, it said, prima facie electronic media should also be regulated and supervised by statutory autonomous forum like the Press Council of India. The government, it added, should have provided some statutory forum to redress the grievance of the news items or other items of the electronic media.
The court directed the government of India to file an affidavit bringing on record its’ stand to provide some statutory forum for electronic media.