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“Media trial” lands Indian media in a legal trial? Keep reading to find out.

By Anwesha Padhi

The war of words between media and Bollywood has been escalating quickly ever since the death of the actor Sushant Singh Rajput and the collateral revelations that followed.

Actor Rakul Preet Singh has filed a petition in Delhi High Court against the "media trial" being carried out against her on Thursday. The reported crusade included "unsubstantiated" media reports against the Ayyari actor after Rhea Chakraborty, who has been arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau for alleged compliance in the drug angle in Mr. Rajput's death, named her and Sara Ali Khan in her interrogation by the Bureau, for having taken drugs.

Ms. Singh has, in her petition, claimed that the reports being run by some news platforms against her were a direct infringement of the I&B Ministry guidelines. She has asked for a restriction on the publication of drug-related content that could potentially smear her public image, on any news platform.

A single bench consisting of Justice Navin Chawla heard the actor's plea. The bench has directed Prasar Bharati, Press Council of India and News Broadcasters Association to heed to Ms. Singh's concerns as mentioned in the petition, and listed the case for successive hearing on October 15.


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