The Supreme Court on Wednesday came down heavily on sting operations telecast by different news channels. The Apex Court was hearing a petition filed by CNN-IBN Editor-in-Chief, Rajdeep Sardesai, seeking a stay on a UP Assembly directive ordering him to be present before the House on October 27 regarding a sting operation carried by the channel on UP legislators.
“Sting operations are done for monetary purposes. People go from one channel to the other to sell tapes, which are sold for lakhs of rupees. Sting operations are not done by news channels themselves. Most of the time it is outsourced,” Y K Sabharwal, Chief Justice of India, observed during the hearing of the petition.
The Supreme Court also referred to a sting operation by a private news channel involving the Minister of State for Home Affairs, which was found to be ‘fabricated’.
The matter will again come for hearing before the Supreme Court on October 19, 2006.
Meanwhile, I&B Minister, Priyaranjan Dasminshi said, “We will bring in a legislation in the Budget Session as part of the Broadcast Bill to curb sting operations.”