Chidambaram disapproves media leaks by probe agencies

Close on the heels of Supreme Court pulling up an investigative agency for leaks to press, Home Minister P Chidambaram today said he disapproved of the practice as it leads to trial by the media.

Updated: Aug 11, 2010, 22:24 PM IST

New Delhi: Close on the heels of Supreme
Court pulling up an investigative agency for leaks to press,
Home Minister P Chidambaram today said he disapproved of the
practice as it leads to trial by the media.

"I totally disapprove of information being given to the
media where investigation is on....pending investigation when
it has not reached any definite stage, I think information
should not be leaked to the media... it becomes a trial by the
media," he said in the Rajya Sabha during Question Hour.

In the Arushi murder case, the Supreme Court has asked the
media to exercise restraint in reporting.

Chidambaram said only a few days ago, the apex court has
pronounced orders pulling up the investigating agency for
periodic leaks on the ground it "amounts to trial by media."

He said there are also organizations, which put pressure
on the investigating agencies and "we have a very inquisitive
media."

However, Chidambaram was for sharing information with the
public once the investigation reaches a stage of either arrest
or chargesheet.

The issue of leaks was raised by BJP member and noted
lawyer Ravishankar Prasad, who asked whether the government
would give guidelines to CBI on this issue.

Chidambaram said while he could not recall any latest
guideline, advisories have been issued in the past how
investigating agencies should deal with information pending
during investigations.

PTI

New Delhi: Traffic snarls were the order of
the day in the national capital today as heavy rains lashed
several parts of the city though Delhiites got some relief
from high humidity.

The showers started at around 3:30 pm and rain gauges
measured 18.5 mm till 8:30 pm. However, the major part of the
rains were between 5:30 pm and 8:30 pm when it recorded 17.5
mm.
The city received a total of 360.1 mm of rains since July
five when the south-west monsoon hit the capital.

The weatherman has predicted more rains tomorrow with
temperature oscillating between 26 and 35 degree Celsius.

Due to the rains, vehicular movement was affected in
several areas including South Extension, Ber Sarai, Adchini,
IIT, Ashram, Moolchand and Lajpat Nagar due to waterlogging.

Motorists at the heart of the national capital --
Connaught Place -- also suffered. Vehicular movement on Ashoka
Road, Shankar Road and Talkotora were affected.

Traffic snarls due to waterlogging were also reported
from ISBT, Lala Lajpat Rai Marg, Defence Colony, Lodhi Colony,
Lakmi Nagar, Savitri Cinema, Chirag Delhi, Kisanganj Railway
underpass, Shakti Nagar, Punjabi Bagh, Bagga Link, Sari Pepal
Thala and GTK Depot.

Other affected areas were Okhla, Kalindi Kunj, Azad
Market, Pusa Road, IP flyover, Burari, Wazirabad, Panchseel,
Chandni Chowk, Raj Ghat, Defence Colony, Qutub, Punjabi Bagh,
Shadipur, Bhikaji Kama Place and AIIMS.
The city saw widespread waterlogging despite claims by
MCD of having completed de-silting of storm water drains.

The construction waste lying on roads went into drains in
some areas, leading to waterlogging while dug-up roadsides
with heaps of rubble caused problems for motorists.

The day began with humidity on a higher note, resulting
in inconvenience to the citizens. The humidity oscillated
between 59 and 89 per cent.

The temperature touched a high of 36.6 degree Celsius,
three degrees above normal and a minimum of 26.3 degrees,
which is normal for this time of the year. Yesterday, the
maximum was recorded at 36.6 degree Celsius and minimum was
29.2 degrees.

PTI