Media organisations be allowed to work in atmosphere of freedom: Calcutta HC

ABP Private Limited moved to the high court submitting two unlawful incidents and alleged that the police was not taking any action in accordance with law

e4m by Nishant Saxena
Updated: Apr 27, 2018 8:52 AM

Media in today’s day and age is one of the pillars of the citadel which is democracy,” emphasized Calcutta High Court while hearing petitions filed on behalf of ABP Private Limited, the company which publishes newspapers such as Anandbazar Patrika and the Telegraph.

“A media organisation has to be allowed to work in an atmosphere of freedom. Any attempt to scuttle and restrain the media, in any manner whatsoever, would be anathema to the concept of a free and independent press,” observed Justice Shekhar B Saraf in his order.

The media company, through its advocate, had moved to the Calcutta High Court submitting two incidents and alleged that the police was not taking any action in accordance with law.

The first incident was about a ‘dharna’ being carried out in front of the publication’s office since April 12, 2018 and the second incident dealt with persons illegally having trespassed into the office premises on April 18, 2018.

The petitioner, in this case advocate of ABP Private Limited, had also submitted that in spite of the order passed by the Metropolitan Magistrate the miscreants had been indulging in destruction of the property of the media company.

“There is an atmosphere of fear that has been created by the said miscreants and they need to be removed from the premises to allay the apprehensions of the petitioner company,” submitted the advocate.

“The petitioner company being a media company should not be threatened by hooligans” the Justice said ordering the police authorities to protect the media company from such hooligans. He also directed the Officer-Incharge, of Bowbazar Police Station (in Kolkata) to take further steps to ensure that no further gathering of people takes place in front of the office of the media company.

“The fact that movement of the press is being restrained and a threat perception exists is egregious and reprehensible and the same needs to be set right immediately,” Justice Saraf further added.

The matter will now be heard on May 7, 2018.

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