Kochi: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has ordered an inquiry into the alleged fake and fabricated media reports targeting actor Dileep and his family and trial by a section of media in the ongoing actress assault case.
The order was based on a petition filed by Wayanad-based social activist and lawyer Sreejith Perumana.
“The authority concerned is directed to take appropriate action within eight weeks and to inform the complainant of the action taken in the matter,” the order addressed to the superintendent of police, Wayanad, said.
The Wayanad district police chief is learned to have forwarded the letter to Aluva Rural SP A V George, who heads the investigation team probing the sensational case.
Dileep, who was arrested for his alleged involvement in the conspiracy that led to the abduction and molestation of the actress, was let out on bail after 85 days in custody.
The petitioner gathered reports published by online as well as mainstream media and attached copies of the same along with the complaint to serve as evidence of the alleged coverage eroding the constitutional rights of the accused. The parallel trial in the pending case is tantamount to contempt of court, the petitioner pointed out.
According to the complaint, Section 10 of the Civil Procedure Code (CPC) or sub-judice, which states “under judicial consideration and hence prohibited from public discussion elsewhere” lays emphasis on higher priority on an individual’s right to privacy and right to a fair trial. But a section of the media has been circulating fabricated stories about the accused with a clear motive of portraying him and his family in a poor light, the petitioner argued.
He requested the NHRC to conduct a detailed investigation into the matter and sought actions to restrict the media from causing harm to the reputation of persons and affecting a free and fair trial by publishing speculations and fabricated reports on cases under investigation.