A Punjab and Haryana high court bench on Friday adjourned the hearing on cricketer Yuvraj Singh’s plea, fourth time in a row since it was filed in June, seeking direction to the media to refrain from reporting about the personal lives of his family members.
The case came up for hearing on June 5, for the first time and again on July 17 and October 1 and now on Friday, but was yet again adjourned.
The high court is yet to issue notice to any of the party in the case, including the UT administration. The high court orders with regard to the matter states that adjournments were sought by the petitioner’s counsel.
In his petition, Yuvraj Singh had sought direction to the media to refrain from reporting, specifically in his younger brother’s matrimonial discord case. It was stated that the family had “apprehensions”that in his younger brother Zoravar Singh Bundhel’s matrimonial dispute, his Gurgaon-based in-laws might hold press conferences with the “malafide intention”to “tarnish their image”. Hence, the directions were sought.
During the first hearing, the HC had declined relief to Singh stating that “freedom of speech, which is a sacred right of an individual in a democracy conferred and enshrined in the Constitution of India, can’t be thwarted or stiffed much less merely on apprehension of an abuse”.
Bundhel had got married in February 2014 in a Fatehgarh Sahib gurdwara in Punjab and filed for divorce in the Chandigarh district court in April 30.