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Attack on scribes at Hisar, SC to hear plea on Monday

The Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to hear on Monday a petition filed by a group of journalists seeking a direction to the Centre and Haryana for ordering a judicial probe into alleged assault on them and other media persons during a police operation to arrest ‘godman’ Rampal in Hisar.

‘List it on Monday,’ a bench comprising Chief Justice HL Dattu and justices Madan B Lokur and AK Sikri said.

The court’s order came as soon as senior advocate Rajeev Dhawan, appearing for journalists, started his argument saying the matter pertained to assault on media persons in Haryana recently.
The plea filed by a group of media persons has sought punishment for ‘erring police officials’ for resorting to lathi charge ‘without caution and care’.

It has also alleged there was an increasing tendency to ‘muzzle the press’ by government authorities and sought ‘appropriate compensation’ for affected journalists and framing of guidelines to ensure ‘free and fair functioning of the media’.
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