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Forwarded Rakul Preet Singh’s grievances to NBA, issued advisory to TV channels: Centre to HC

The Centre on Thursday told the Delhi High Court that it has forwarded grievances of actor Rakul Preet Singh, regarding media reports connecting her with the Rhea Chakraborty drug case, to the News Broadcasters Association (NBA) and sought a report from it on the issue.

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) also told Justice Navin Chawla that on October 9 it issued an advisory to all private satellite TV channels to adhere to the programme code provided under the Cable Television Networks Rules.

The submissions by the ministry were made in its status report filed through central government standing counsel Ajay Digpaul.

The status report was filed pursuant to the court’s order of September 29 asking the ministry about the steps it has taken after an earlier direction of September 17 to treat the actor’s plea as a representation.

Advocate Aman Hingorani, representing the actor, said he was not satisfied by the steps taken by the ministry as instead of taking any action it has merely forwarded the matter to the NBA.

Hingorani said that the court had asked the ministry, NBA and Press Council of India to treat the plea as a representation and pass separate orders.

The counsel for NBA said that it heard the actor on October 3 and then again on October 12 and also 10 media channels.

He sought three more weeks to file a report with regard to the outcome of the hearings.

The court, however, directed the NBA to take a decision within two weeks and file a status report regarding the same.

The PCI, represented by advocate Shreya Sinha, said the authority governs only print media and has no control over electronic or digital media like e-papers.

Hingorani, opposed the submission, saying PCI has issued an advisory in August to adhere to journalistic standards when reporting the Sushant Singh Rajput case and the same was not being adhered to by many media houses which have TV channels, newspapers and also epapers.