Delhi Court asks media houses to restrain from reporting on FIR filed against former Orissa HC judge Quddusi

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IM Quddusi case

On Friday, opposition parties had listed this case as one of the five grounds of alleged misconduct against Justice Dipak Misra in their notice for his impeachment

The Hush Post: A Delhi Court has asked the media houses to “restrain” from reporting on the FIR filed against former Orissa High Court Judge I M Quddusi.

Quddusi is an accused in the bribery case of Prasad Education Trust which runs a medical college.

The court said the fact that constitution guarantees free speech does not “confer a right” to defame a person or bring down their reputation by “false and unsubstantiated allegations.’’

Quddusi was detained CBI in a case related to Prasad Education Trust in September 2017. Right now he is out on bail. Interestingly, on Friday, opposition parties had rallied together on this very case as one of the five grounds of alleged misconduct against Justice Dipak Misra in their notice for his impeachment.

Quddusi and five others are accused of trying to use influence in court proceedings over an application whereby admission rights were to be granted to a UP-based private medical college, Prasad Institute of Medical Sciences, barred by the Medical Council of India.

“By way of this temporary injunction order… all the media houses, whether print or electronic or internet, and their associates are hereby restrained from publishing, republishing, repeating any article or write-ups, or telecasting or re-telecasting any programmes or debates or interviews or opinions or reports or offshoot reports or publicising in any other manner, directly or indirectly, pertaining to FIR bearing no. RC 10(A)/ACIII/2017/New Delhi dated 19.09.2017 registered at PS CBI New Delhi, till the time the investigating authorities complete their investigation and file report before the Court or till further orders, whichever is earlier.

Further, any publication/ telecast/ any other form of reporting still existing on any of the websites or in any other electronic form is directed to be withdrawn,” Additional District Judge Twinkle Wadhwa said on Saturday.

However, the court, allowed the media to report on court proceedings pertaining to the FIR, and its final conclusion of the police report as and when filed, as “fair reporting” on the basis of “true, correct and verified information”.

Quddusi’s advocate Vijay Aggarwal had given an application asking media to restrain from publishing proceedings connected to the FIR.

The court said any publication henceforth would be “destructive of reputation of the plaintiff as a retired judge and as senior counsel, and would result in loss of confidence in the institution itself”.

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