Kochi: A petition seeking contempt action
against various Malayalam television channels and newspapers,
which telecast and published contents of narco analysis CDs of
the three accused in the Sister Abhaya case, was filed in a
The petition by Mathew, brother of Sister Sephy, the third
accused in the case, came up before the Chief Judicial
Magistrate (CJM), Ernakulam, K A Baby.
The petition, along with sister Sephy`s petition, also
seeking contempt action against TV channels and newspapers
which telecast and published the contents of the 3 CDs, has
been posted to October 5.
The petitioners contended that the act of the respondents
in telecasting and publishing the contents of the CDs were
"calculated to obstruct and to interfere with the due course
of justice and the lawful process of court, amounting to
contempt of court."
They also urged the court to summon extracts of telecast
and publications and conduct an enquiry, as provided under
Rule 8 of the Contempt of Court Rules and take necessary steps
to refer the matter to the High court to initiate Criminal
Contempt of court against the respondents.
There are 17 respondents in this case, including Editors
and Directors of the channels.