A TV channel, facing the heat for carrying out a sting operation allegedly showing corruption in lower judiciary, on Wednesday got a temporary respite when the Supreme Court said any decision in the matter it will be taken on the basis of its verdict in the BMW expose case.
A Bench headed by Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan agreed to wait for the guidelines likely to be laid down by another Bench for the sting operations in its judgement in the BMW case.
Zee TV had carried a sting operation "Cash-for-warrant scam" purportedly showing three advocates of Ahmedabad on payment of Rs 40,000 securing bailable warrants against the then President A P J Abdul Kalam, Chief Justice of India V N Khare, apex court Judge Justice B P Singh and Senior Counsel Late R K Jain.
The apex court had earlier taken a tough stand against the channel and its reporter asking them to tender an "unconditional apology" for their conduct if they wanted the matter to be closed.
However, the channel had stuck to the stand that the intention was to expose the corrupt practise and the programme was aired only after bringing it to the notice of the apex court and the then Chief Justice V N Khare.