The media has been prohibited from telecasting or publishing any material that may be used as evidence against Ajmal Amir Kasab, the only terrorist caught alive after the Mumbai terror attack.
Special Judge ML Tahilyani passed his order in response to an application filed on Wednesday by Special Public Prosecutor Ujwal Nikam, who expressed the fear that the evidence published by the media was acting as a deterrent to the November 26-29 terror attack case.
"The investigating officer and special PP have got serious apprehension that the witnesses pertaining to that part of the evidence will be scared and the publication will endanger their lives," Tahilyani noted in his order Wednesday evening.
As the allegations were of a serious nature, he felt the court's intervention was necessary in the public interest and passed the order prohibiting the publishing of the case proceedings.
Nikam said in his application that certain print and electronic media had started publicising proceedings pending before the court. This resulted in part of the evidence being disclosed on TV before it was produced in court.
It could result in prejudicing the interests of the court, prosecution and the accused, he pointed out.
Nikam also argued that the telecasting of certain recording clips seized by the investigation officer as part of the probe raised serious doubts about how they were leaked to the media.
Kasab and two others, alleged Lashkar-e-Taiba operatives Faheem Ansari and Sabauddin Ahmed, will face trial for their involvement in the terror strikes, which claimed over 170 lives.