Police should not disclose details about investigation of cases, accused or victim to media till completion of probe: Karnataka High Court The Karnataka High Court on Tuesday directed the State government to ensure that Police officers do not disclose details regarding investigation of cases, accused or the victim to media till the conclusion of such investigation.The Court directed the State government to frame guidelines/ directions in this regard within 4 weeks. A Bench of Chief Justice of Abhay Shreeniwas Oka and Justice Suraj Govindaraj also said that disciplinary proceedings should be initiated against police officials for transgressions. The court said that they are of the view that a comprehensive set of directions are required to be issued to the police for ensuring that before completion of the investigation, they do not divulge the nature of investigation revealed during the investigation. The other direction will have to be that they do not indulge in disclosing the identity of the complainant and accused. No purpose will be served only by issuing directions. Disciplinary proceedings for violations will have to be underta The order was passed on a plea seeking directions from the Court to frame statutory rules to prevent publication of indecent and obscene content as part of the news/any other programme in electronic and print media.During the hearing of the matter, the Court observed there are umpteen cases where police officers go to the media and disclose pertinent details on ongoing investigations.The Court further questioned the State on the action it has taken against such police officers.The counsel appearing for the State government submitted that investigating officers don’t even ‘talk’ to the media.Petitioner Advocate Deepashree submitted that the Programme Code under the Cable TV Act regulates electronic media but it has no ‘teeth’.The Court further opined that leaking information regarding probe to the media also affect the trial proceedings. The matter was adjourned to July 20 when the State is expected to come up with guidelines on how police should interact with the media.
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