Sushant Singh Case : CBI to tell Bombay HC if media trials are hampering probe
Bombay High Court today, while hearing the Public Interest Litigations (PIL) against media trial in actor Sushant Singh Rajput case said, “We urge and expect the media to exercise restraint in reporting of the investigation with respect to the death, which would not hamper investigation in any manner." The court has also asked the Central Bureau Of Investigation (CBI) to make it's stance clear on the issue.
There were a couple of PILs which were heard by the division bench of Justice AA Sayed and Justice SP Tavade of the High Court.
Senior advocate Milind Sathe appearing for former DG rank officers of Mumbai Police like MN Singh, PS Pasricha, K Subramanyam, DN Jadhav, D Shivanandan, Sanjeev Dayal, SC Mathur, and KP Raghuvanshi said, "Journalists are undermining the investigation. Who are journalists to give direction to the investigation? They are creating an impression in the mind of the general public. Their reporting is completely defamatory and inaccurate."
Sathe stressed that they are concerned "about the maligning of the image of Mumbai Police". Moreover "media has been questioning every possible witness. They are conducting a parallel investigation. Divulging of important evidence before the investigating agencies can question them."
Sathe shows that the Super Court order of transferring the case to CBI has in no way undermined the investigation done by Mumbai Police.
Additional solicitor general Anil Singh argued that since he had not gone through the petitions, the hearing should be adjourned. He said, "nothing will happen in a day" and asked, "what is so urgent in this case"?