“Switch off your TV, Mister, if you don’t like it, or change the channel. Moral policing is not our job”.
new delhi: This was the Delhi High Court’s terse advice on Wednesday to Delhi residents Deepak Maini and Prabhat Kumar who wanted the controversial but popular TV reality show Sach Ka Saamna being aired on Star Plus to be stopped.
The petitioners had said the show — on which contestants are asked a series of prying questions — was “obscene and against Indian culture and ethos”.
Dismissing the separate petitions, a bench of Chief Justice A.P. Shah and Justice Manmohan said, “We don’t think our social values are so fragile that one TV programme will damage them.”
Justice Shah said, “This is a classic example of the misuse of public-interest litigations. There are far more serious problems in the country.”
After an uproar in Parliament last week over Sach Ka Saamna, the information and broadcasting ministry had issued a show-cause notice to Star Plus.
“Now it’s for the government to decide whether the prog-ramme should be banned or not, and the court can do precious little,” said Justice Shah.
He added that it was to be noted that whenever the high court had indulged in moral policing, the Supreme Court had struck down the order.
The court also refused to issue a direction to the government to bring a law to regulate the content of TV programmes.
The first episode of Sach Ka Saamna had opened to a record rating of 4.59 on July 15, the highest for any non-fiction programme in the past two years.
The programme is the Indian version of the popular American reality show The Moment of Truth.