Supreme Court gives notice to the Center on a petition seeking regulation of broadcasting services

On Friday, the Supreme Court summoned a response from the Central Government on a public interest petition seeking direction to set up an independent body for the regulation and ease of broadcasting services in the country.

A bench of Chief Justice SA Bobde, Justice AS Bopanna and Justice V. Ramasubramanian on the petition of Delhi-based advocate Ripak Kansal, besides the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, the News Broadcasters Association (NBA), The News Broadcasting Standards Authority of India (NBSA) and the Press Council Of India (PCI) has also been issued notices.

Independent body should be formed

The petition said that an independent body, called the Broadcast Regulatory Authority of India, should be set up to ban sensational reporting and speech of TV news channels on important issues.

Electronic channels are killing this right

The petitioner has requested the apex court for protection of right to life with respect as this right is guaranteed in the Constitution. Unregistered electronic channels claiming to be the press are killing this right. The petitioner has also cited the reporting of some news channels in support of his claim.