A petition seeking contempt action against various Malayalam television channels and newspapers, which telecast and published contents of narco analysis CDs of the three accused in the Sister Abhaya case, was filed in a court in Kochi.
The petition by Mathew, brother of Sister Sephy, the third accused in the case, came up before the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM), Ernakulam, K A Baby.
The petition, along with sister Sephy's petition, also seeking contempt action against TV channels and newspapers, which telecast and published the contents of the 3 CDs, has been posted to October 5.
The petitioners contended that the act of the respondents in telecasting and publishing the contents of the CDs were "calculated to obstruct and to interfere with the due course of justice and the lawful process of court, amounting to contempt of court."
They also urged the court to summon extracts of telecast and publications and conduct an enquiry, as provided under Rule 8 of the Contempt of Court Rules and take necessary steps to refer the matter to the High court to initiate Criminal Contempt of court against the respondents.
There are 17 respondents in this case, including Editors and Directors of the channels.