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THE SUPREME COURT HAS ISSUED A NOTICE ON A PETITION TO REGULATE POLICE OFFICERS' USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA

LEGAL CORRESPONDENT – MANINI KAUR




October 23, 2021 - The Supreme Court gave notice in a writ petition seeking directions to the Center to frame rules and regulations or guidelines to control police personnel' personal and professional media accounts reporting and broadcasting of any news relevant to any criminal inquiry.

The writ petition, filed under Article 32 of the Constitution, claimed that police personnel' social media remarks on ongoing investigations will stymie a fair inquiry and constitute interference with the administration of justice. On the plea, a bench led by Justice A.M. Khanwilkar issued notice to the government.

Mohammed Khalil of Delhi, who was represented by renowned attorney Gopal Sankaranarayanan, claimed that the Director General of Police, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, had made "many caustic and nasty tweets" about a young woman who died by suicide and her family.

The appeal asked for the transfer of a FIR filed in her death under Section 306 (suicide attempt) against several police officials and another individual. Mr. Khalil has requested that the matter be transferred to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

According to the petition, the woman recorded a video before her death, which was later posted on the Internet. The policemen and the other individual had been "specifically named." Mr. Khalil said that the video was her deathbed declaration.

However, he stated in the petition that no investigation had been conducted into the issue and that the cops purportedly mentioned in the case were still serving.

With his tweets, Mr. Khalil has accused the DGP of "interfering with the administration of justice."

He said the tweets were intended to "taint the woman's and her family's reputation."

The petioner was caught in a case of obtaining a job using falsified documents, according to the petition. On May 3, 2021, she was granted bail.

It said that the problem required a comprehensive inquiry by the CBI and that the police in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands would not be able to conduct a fair investigation.


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