On Monday, the central government filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court regarding media coverage of the Tablighi Jamaat during the Coronavirus epidemic. But the court has expressed displeasure over the central government's affidavit. The apex court has said that the government should consider setting up a regulatory mechanism to deal with such content on TV.
The court said that we want to know what kind of arrangement is there to deal with this type of content on TV. The apex court directed the Center to file a new affidavit related to the system of regulation of electronic media under the Cable TV Network Act.
A bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde told the Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Center, that first you did not file a proper affidavit and then you filed an affidavit in which two important questions are not answered. We are not satisfied with your answer.
The bench also consists of Justices AS Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian. The bench said that we want to know what kind of mechanism is there to deal with such materials on television. If there is no regulatory mechanism then you build it. The regulation cannot be left to an organization like NBSA.
The bench was hearing a petition filed by Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind and others, alleging that a section of the media was spreading communal hatred on the Tablighi Jamaat during the onset of the epidemic.
The bench directed the Center to file a new affidavit related to the system of regulation of electronic media under the Cable TV Network Act. The next hearing on this matter will now be held after three weeks.