Fuming over a television channel showing her nude photographs shot through a hidden camera in Bhopal Jail, Bollywood starlet Monica Bedi on Friday moved the Supreme Court which restrained all the channels from telecasting the "objectionable photo".
The court which took its time to examine the seriousness of the matter asked the Centre to issue directions to all the TV channels to restrain them from telecasting the obscene photographs, allegedly taken by installing a camera in the bathroom of the jail where Monica was lodged in connection with the passport forgery case.
"The Information and Broadcasting Ministry will direct all TV channels to restrain from telecasting the nude photographs of the petitioner (Monica)," a Bench headed by Chief Justice KG Balakrishnan said.
The court also issued notice to the Centre, Madhya Pradesh Government and the Bhopal Jail Superintendent on her plea that a high-level inquiry be conducted as to how the photographs were shot and later supplied to the news channel.
The former actress and companion of gangster Abu Salem, who was extradited from Portugal in November 2005, has sought punitive damage for the loss of prestige and mental agony undgergone by her due to the objectionable photograph.
However, before securing relief from the apex court, her counsel KTS Tulsi had to answer several questions lobbed by the Bench which once asked how it could pass any order without having relevant materials placed before it.
"You can't directly come before us. We do not know whether it is a shocking or obscene photograph. You should have given application to the Information and Broadcasting Ministry to take action," the Bench once remarked during the brief hearing.