Facts of the case
The petitioner is a journalist working at ETV Bharat. His recent report has sparked the event of him facing the threat of arrest. The report is about the bribe collected by police officers. The reports include allegations of rash and negligent driving by the officers that caused accidents. The proof of rash and negligent driving is that he followed the truck transporting sand. On following the truck he noticed that the police vehicle’s driving rash caused the accident. He also provided photographs of the same along with the report. This report is what lead to the case being registered against him.
The court explained that it is the fundamental right of the reporter to publish news. Often the published news may not be favouring the administration. The report has an amount of truthfulness to it as there are similar reports about bribes taken by police. The court reasoned this complaint as an act to prevent such reports from publication.
The Additional Public Prosecutor presented the case diary into evidence. It appears that the police have considered the report registered against their officer. They have noted the bribe and rash driving and taken action against him. Later, the Superintendent of police raised an enquiry against the ETV reporter. Moreover, the enquiry might lead to his arrest, hence, the journalist fears an arrest on this account. In case the arrest takes place the petitioner can be released on bail. The bail amount is set at ₹2,000.
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