Actor Rakul Preet Singh moved the Delhi high court on Thursday seeking directions to prevent a “media trial” and against “unsubstantiated” news reports being carried about her in connection with a drugs case related to the death of Sushant Singh Rajput.
While declining to issue any stay against the media, Justice Navin Chawla expressed hope that TV channels “would show restraint and abide by the program code and other guidelines, both statutory and self-regulatory, while making any report”.
The HC issued notice to the Centre, Prasar Bharati, Press Council of India and the News Broadcasters Association (NBA) on the actor’s plea and listed it for further hearing on October 15.
Meanwhile, the HC directed the Centre, Prasar Bharati and NBA to consider Singh’s plea as a representation and swiftly decide it, including any interim directions that may be needed.
The actor wanted a ban on the telecast or publication by TV channels and other platforms related to the narcotic drugs case that maligns her image. Her counsel maintained that media reports are being run in contravention with I&B ministry guidelines.