PATNA: A journalist from Bihar Nivedita Jha has filed a petition in the Supreme Court challenging the Patna High Court order restraining the media from reporting the Muzaffarpur shelter home incident in which as many as 34 girls were allegedly gang-raped .
The petition while seeking a stay on the HC’s alleged gag order has termed it as “patently erroneous” which amounts to imposing “Blanket Ban” on media reporting the case.
“The high court was not justified in ignoring that the effect of the impugned order was a gross infarction of the fundamental right of the people to know and freedom of the press which is guaranteed under the Constitution,” news agency PTI quoted advocate Fauzia Shakil as saying in the complaint petition.
In the plea filed before the apex court, the petitioner, a journalist, has claimed that there was no material before the high court to come to a conclusion that the media reporting may hamper the ongoing investigation in the case, the PTI report added.
The entire story came to light after the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) conducted social audit of the shelter homes in the state.
It was on the basis of the report that the police registered a case against around a dozen accused persons and also arrested the main accused in the case Brajesh Thakur.
The case is currently being investigated by the CBI while the Patna High Court is monitoring the case.