New Delhi: Seven former civil servants have filed an intervention application in the Supreme Court, in the case of ‘Firoz Iqbal Khan’ seeking injunction against the telecast of a show over Sudarshan TV which is allegedly communalising the selection of Muslims in UPSC exams.
They submitted that on September 1, the members of the collective, 91 in number had submitted a representation to the home minister and the Minister of Information and broadcasting, pointing out that the said programme would “generate hatred towards the largest minority community of the country.”
The Bench of Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice KM Joseph on the previous hearing in the case of “Firoz Iqbal Khan Vs Union of India” had refused to impose a pre-broadcast interlocutory injunction on the Sudarshan TV show. The Court had noted in the order that during the hearing it had been highlighted that the expression of views derogatory to a particular community has a divisive potential. Prima facie, the petition raises significant issues bearing on the protection of constitutional rights.
The petition was filed seeking injunction on the video clip by Sudarshan News Channel that contains statements which are derogatory of the entry of Muslims in the civil services. The Court had issued notice but refused to pass any injunction order on the 49 second clip.
“Consistent with the fundamental right to free speech and expression, the Court will need to foster a considered a debate on the setting up of standards of self- regulation. Together with free speech, there are other constitutional values which need to be balanced and preserved including the fundamental right to equality and fair treatment for every segment of citizens,’ said the Court.
It had further said,
The matter is listed tomorrow for hearing before the bench of Justice DY Chandrachud and KM Joseph.
-India Legal Bureau