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HindustanTimes Sun,21 Sep 2014

Kanda seeks curbs on media coverage in Geetika suicide case

PTI  New Delhi, May 23, 2014
First Published: 17:54 IST(23/5/2014) | Last Updated: 17:56 IST(23/5/2014)
Former Haryana minister Gopal Goyal Kanda on Thursday moved the Delhi high court seeking a ban on reporting in the airhostess Geetika Sharma suicide case trial, saying some of the stories are “prejudicial” in nature.


The counsel for Kanda cited two news reports before a bench of justice VP Vaish to allege that grave prejudice is being caused to him as these (reports) are scandalous and false in nature.

He also cited various apex court judgments and said the reporting, pertaining to the trial in the case, be stopped temporarily.

The court, which had reserved its order on another plea seeking cancellation of bail granted to Kanda by a trial court, said it will pronounce the verdict on the fresh plea of the accused on May 26.

Delhi Police, however, opposed Kanda’s plea seeking a ban on reporting saying the state has no role in such coverage. “The accused has separate remedy against any such alleged
defamatory news articles,” the counsel for police said, adding media is free to write about court proceedings and orders.

Earlier, police had opposed the bail granted to Kanda by the lower court. “The trial court glossed over the fact that there was no change in circumstances between the time when it had rejected the bail and when it granted the same to the accused (Kanda). There was only one change in circumstance, if any; the fact that co-accused Aruna Chadha was granted bail by high court on the grounds that she is a single parent of a 9-yearold girl and has to look after her ailing parents,” the counsel for police had said.

The lower court had on October 14 last year dismissed the bail plea of Kanda and, later, on March 4, granted him bail after noting that co-accused Chadha had been released on bail by the high court.
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