Synopsis: Rakul Preet Singh had approached Delhi High Court on the allegation of a media trial over reports that Rhea Chakraborty had named her among those in Bollywood who are drug addicts.
The Delhi High Court has sought the Centre’s opinion on the plea of actress Rakul Preet Singh to stop broadcasting programmes relating to her with the drug case of Rhea Chakraborty. In a petition by the actress, the High Court issued a notice to “unsubstantiated” media reports about her. She argued that media reports are being published in contravention of I&B Ministry guidelines.
Justice Navin Chawla has asked media houses to show restraint and comply with the requirements of the Program Code, as well as other statutory and self-regulatory rules.
Singh told the court that after the incident, she heard that Rhea Chakraborty had named her and Sara Ali Khan for drug consumption, and the media began campaigning against her. In order to create a report, they hound her, and to connect her to some kind of drug gang, they are showing her morphed photographs and videos from film sets.
The actress, argued that Rhea had already withdrawn the statement she was allegedly her named in, but yet the media reports were ruining her reputation. The Narcotics Control Bureau arrested actress Rhea Chakraborty and her brother Showik Chakraborty for their alleged role in Sushant Singh Rajput’s procurement and administration of drugs. The federal drug agency has described Rhea Chakraborty as an “active member of a drug syndicate.”
The actress told the court that she is being abused and that it should be directed to the News Broadcasters Association to ensure that no defamatory information is aired or held against her in the case. She further argued that media trials infringes her privilege under Article 21 of the Constitution; therefore, the court must intervene. She further argued that press should be instructed not to execute reporting and advertisements for a sub-judice matter.
The Delhi HC also observed that even if action against one contravening channel is taken, a universal message would be sent.
Rhea Chakraborty was claimed to have named Singh in her statement to the Narcotics Control Board (NCB) a few days ago. Later, however, she withdrawn the statement. Singh’s plea said that the media continues to link her to the drug probe despite the retraction.