New Delhi: The Supreme Court has issued notice to the Centre and sought its response within three weeks in the BBC documentary case related to the 2002 Gujarat riots. The notice was issued by the Supreme Court on a petition seeking a direction to the central government to stop censoring the documentary. The next hearing of the case will be in April.
Senior advocate C U Singh told the Supreme Court that this is a case where emergency powers have been invoked without ordering in the public domain, with tweets sharing links to the documentary being blocked. On January 30, the supreme court had said it would also hear on Monday a batch of petitions challenging the Centre’s decision to ban Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the controversial BBC documentary on the 2002 Gujarat riots.
In fact, on January 21, the central government banned the controversial BBC documentary “India: The Modi Question” in the country. However, in many educational institutions, student organizations created a ruckus over the screening of the documentary, which has also led to a situation of controversy.
Earlier, the Union Law Minister had made a sharp comment on the petitions filed against the BBC documentary ban in the Supreme Court. “In this way, these people waste precious time of the Hon’ble Supreme Court, where thousands of common citizens are waiting for dates for justice,” he had said. Let us tell you that journalist N Ram, advocate Prashant Bhushan, TMC MP Mahua Moitra also approached the Supreme Court on this matter.
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