Communalism

Delhi HC Stays Telecast of Sudarshan TV's 'UPSC Jihad' Show; Supreme Court 'Desists'

The show was scheduled to air tonight at 8 pm.

New Delhi: The Delhi high court on Friday restrained Sudarshan TV from telecasting its programme titled ‘Bindas Bol’, whose latest promo claimed that the channel was all set to broadcast a ‘big expose on conspiracy to infiltrate Muslims in government service’.

The show was scheduled to air tonight at 8 pm.

Meanwhile, LiveLaw has reported that a Supreme Court bench headed by Justice D.Y. Chandrachud and with Justice K.M. Joseph in it, has “desisted from imposing a pre-broadcast interlocutory injunction on the basis of an unverified transcript of a 49-second clip”.

The apex court was hearing a plea by lawyer Rashid Azam.


Also read: ‘Communal, Irresponsible’: IPS Association Condemns Sudarshan TV’s ‘UPSC Jihad’ Trailer

The Delhi high court’s Justice Navin Chawla issued a notice and sought responses of  the Central government, the Union Public Service Commission, Sudarshan TV, and its head, Suresh Chavhanke, on a petition filed by former and present students of Jamia Millia Islamia University.

The high court listed the matter for further hearing on September 7.

The plea contended that the proposed broadcast sought to defame, attack and incite hatred against Jamia Millia Islamia, its alumni, and the Muslim community at large.

The trailer of the show dropped on Thursday, garnering 1.5 million views on Twitter and a barrage of criticism and support.

Jamia Milia Islamia on Thursday said it has asked the education ministry to take ‘appropriate action’ against Sudarshan TV channel and its head Suresh Chavhanke for “tarnishing” the image of the university and the Muslim community.

(With PTI inputs)

Note: This article has been updated with information on how the Supreme Court handled a plea on the same topic.