The Delhi High Court on 6th October ordered a news organisation to “hold its hand” and not publish any information on a Delhi-based businessman, Arjun Jain in connection with a narcotics case involving the Bollywood actor Shah rukh khan son Aryan khan for the time being. After hearing the parties on October 7, Justice Rekha Palli stated she would issue appropriate directions, but that “further damage should not be inflicted” in the interim.
“For the time being, your company will keep its hand in its pocket and not publish anything.” Unless NCB publishes something, you must make that declaration or I will issue an order declaring that he is not an accused as of today. “I’m not saying you shouldn’t report anything,”Jusctice Rekha Palli
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Arjun Jain, an entrepreneur in the business of entertainment and event management, has filed a petition in court alleging a media campaign against him.
The court noted in its decision that the news organisation has agreed not to publish any information about prior events until the case is resolved.
“(The news company’s lawyer) guarantees that until the issue is brought up, respondent no 3 (news business) will not publish any material on the petitioner in respect of prior occurrences,”Court Order Stated
The news channel’s lawyer claimed that the petition should be rejected since the report in question had been “fair reporting.”
The petitioner’s lawyer, Adit S Pujari, claimed that the news station was conducting a “media campaign” against his client and had even proclaimed him an absconder.
According to the lawsuit, the news company presented “unsubstantiated claims” that the petitioner was the brains behind the alleged rave party and was an associate director of M/s Namascray Experience Pvt Ltd, one of the cruise’s alleged organisers.
According to the lawyer, Jain was only a 50 per cent stakeholder in M/s Whitefox Pvt. Ltd, which owns 30 per cent of Namascray.
While the News Broadcasting & Digital Standards Authority has the authority to evaluate complaints, it does not have the power to issue a pre-censor order, according to its counsel.
The court was informed that the regulations for media trials and privacy protection had previously been established.
The businessman has requested the court to order the news organisation to delete any allegedly defamatory links and reporting on him after October 2. In addition, the petition requested that the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting write guidelines to handle reporting of criminal investigations and trials, as well as establish an emergency grievance redress procedure for such reporting.