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Media restrained from reporting allegations against ex-SC judge

In some relief to former Supreme Court judge Justice Swatanter Kumar, the Delhi high court on Thursday restrained the media from publishing and telecasting the contents of the law intern’s complaint of sexual harassment against him.

Ordering deletion of alleged defamatory parts of the news items and the photograph of Justice Kumar within 24 hours, Justice Manmohan Singh, in his interim order, also asked the media not to carry the photographs of Justice Kumar, who is also the National Green Tribunal Chairperson in their future news reports.

‘The defendants No. 1 to 5 (media houses and the law intern) are further restrained from telecasting and printing the photograph of the plaintiff (Justice Kumar),’ the judge said while pronouncing the order in a packed court room.

The court also made it clear that its order will remain effective till February 24, the next date of hearing, and issued notices to the woman intern, two English news channels, and a leading English daily.

The court had earlier reserved its interim order on the plea of Justice Kumar seeking to restrain media from reporting, publishing or telecasting news relating to the law intern’s complaint against the judge, saying only court proceedings can be reported ‘nothing more, nothing less’. The plea had also sought a ban on repeat of the television programmes on the subject.
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