Bangalore: Karnataka High Court on Thursday ordered
issue of notices to Union government, Information and
Broadcasting Ministry, the state government, print and
electronic media on PILs praying for a direction to media to
telecast the visuals that portray attack on lawyers during
the violence in the City Civil Court complex on March 2.
The PIL filed by Advocates Association of Bangalore sought
a direction by the court to the print and the electronic media
to telecast or publish the clippings and videos showing the
assault on the lawyers.
They also contended that the act of the electronic media in
showing "one sided version" of the incident and its "failure"
to broadcast the footage, which shows alleged assault on
advocates, was against "professional ethics and conduct".
The PIL also seriously objected to the "provocative and
unparliamentary words" used by the electronic media which
defamed the entire advocate community.
A similar PIL filed by advocate Prasad Hiremath also sought
a similar direction and blamed two regional channels for
"wrong and false reporting" of three police constables having
died during the violence which was later openly refuted by
none other than City Police Commissioner Jyothi Prakash Mirji
in one of the local channels.
A Division bench, comprising Chief Justice Vikramajit Sen
and Justice B V Nagarathna, ordered issue of notices to the
respondents on the two PILs and adjourned the matter to March