New Delhi: The Bombay High Court has stayed the order and directed BARC India not to take any coercive action subject to a deposit of Rs 5 lakh with the court. The petition filed by TV Today challenged an order passed by the BARC disciplinary committee on the grounds that it was without an appropriate quorum and without presenting the evidence, among other criteria.
TV Today pointed out that the deposit of Rs 5 Lacs to deposit before the court and not with BARC. The media group has issued a clarification on reasons for approaching the Bombay High Court against BARC, stating that certain sections of the media are misreporting the facts.
The statement issued by the media group said, “India Today would like to clarify that the Hansa report has nothing to do with the case filed by TV Today against BARC. Similarly, any mention of India Today’s name in the Hansa Report is something we are completely unaware of. We are not privy to any such information, and neither has BARC informed us of this report. In fact, Hansa has filed a suit against Republic TV in which it has said that Hansa cannot ascertain the veracity of the document being shown on R TV, and the broadcast of the report by R TV is unauthorized and illegal.
It further added: “To extricate themselves from the police invesägation, R TV is using the document they are calling the Hansa report without the consent and permission of Hansa.”