The Ministry of Information and Broadcast (I&B) will issue a fresh show cause notice to Colors Channel which airs reality television programme Bigg Boss season 4 over the alleged abusive language and ugly gestures used on the show.
“Why have you not given show cause?,” remarked justice DK Deshmukh while hearing a petition filed by Viacom 18 Media Private Ltd, challenging the I&B notice asking them to reschedule show timings from the prime time slot at 9 pm to 11 pm.
While asking the ministry to give them a hearing, justice Deshmukh remarked: “If 10 people witness an offence, then can you say that there is no need for a trial?”
Counsels for the I&B ministry – GR Sharma, Advait Sethna and Ashok Varma – informed the Bombay High Court they will give a fresh show cause notice toColors within 24 hours indicating “programmes or portions of programmes which are objectionable and which may be liable for action”.
The high court has asked the channel to reply within 48 hours to the secretary of the I&B ministry, who will then pass the order. If the order passed by the secretary is unfavourable to the channel, then it should not be acted upon for a day, directed the high court.
I&B had issued a notice to Colors on November 16 asking them to shift the reality show away from prime time as the show offended “good taste and decency”. Counsels for Viacom 18 – Aspi Chenoy, Venkatesh Dhond, Vineet Naik and Ameet Naik – challenged the notice saying that the ministry had failed to give any specific instances of incidents, scenes or statements which offended “good taste and decency”.
High court asked I&B to pass on the transcripts shown to the court and other material against which it had objections and disposed of the petition.