Television news channels cannot flash images recorded by closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras before or during the February 13 bomb blast at German Bakery in Koregaon Park.
Judicial Magistrate First Class G.G. Itkalkar, on Wednesday, issued orders restraining the electronic media from displaying or telecasting any footage of the incident captured by CCTV cameras at the bakery or from Hotel ‘O’, located across the bakery.
The Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) had moved an application requesting that the media be prohibited from showing images that may disclose the identity of witnesses.
The application was made under section 44 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. The section deals with protection of witnesses.
Violating the court’s directives will attract imprisonment up to three years and a fine.
The ATS application listed the date and time when CCTV footage was being aired by some television channels. “The disclosure of the identity of the witnesses may pose a serious threat to the life of the witnesses and will also adversely affect the investigation.”
The application said that the original hard disk with footage from Hotel ‘O’ and the video cassette with recordings from before and after the blast at German Bakery are important parts of evidence and have been seized and sealed after panchnama.