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SC slams media, common man for "hyper active attitude"

The Supreme Court has slammed the media and individuals for "misquoting and misinterpreting" its observations on actress Khushboo`s views on pre-marital sex which it said led to "hyper active attitude" of the common man.



New Delhi: The Supreme Court has slammed the
media and individuals for "misquoting and misinterpreting" its
observations on actress Khushboo`s views on pre-marital sex
which it said led to "hyper active attitude" of the common
man.

A three-judge bench of Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan,
Justices Deepak Verma and B S Chauhan lamented that it was
inaundated with petitions asking it to review its "order",
though it had merely made certain observations in the form of
queries to the counsel.

During the arguments in the case, the apex court had
observed that there was no statutory bar on pre-marital sex
and live-in relationship and cited the instance of Radha and
Krishna to buttress the view.

"In fact, during the course of hearing, certain queries
were put to the learned counsel for parties so as to clarify
the legal issue involved in the matter but unfortunately,
those queries have been highly misunderstood not only by media
but also by common man.

"As a result thereof, we have been flooded with several
letter petitions making a prayer for review of the order
passed by us. It is pertinent to mention here that no order
was passed by us and only during the course of hearing, we had
either given some instances or put some questions to the
learned counsel which were answered by them.

"Thus the hyper active attitude of the common man was,
indeed, not called for. Some have even gone to the extent of
telling us that we should have known the Indian mythology
before putting such a question. Thus whatever, we have said
during the course of the hearing should be reviewed," the apex
court said in its judgement.
The apex court said it failed to understand how those
"learned persons" sent various letters to the bench without
realising the fact.

"Admittedly, all those persons who have sent letters to
us were not present on that particular date but must have
gathered information from the print and electronic media which
evoked their sentiments to such an extent that they prayed for
review.

"It is, therefore, not only desirable but imperative
that electronic and news media should also play a positive
role in presenting to general public as to what actually
transpires during the course of the hearing and it should not
be published in such a manner so as to get unnecessary
publicity for its own paper or news channel.

"We are saying so as without knowing the reference in
context of which the questions were put forth by us were
completely ignored and the same were misquoted, which raised
unnecessary hue and cry," the apex court said and hoped the
media would be "more careful, responsible and cautious in this
regard."

-PTI

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