Check objectionable images on TV, says court


New Delhi : The Delhi High Court Friday asked the government to evolve a mechanism to check television channels showing objectionable images.

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The court said so while hearing a petition of Shaheena Nasir, who said news channel India TV had infringed on her model daughter Jahnavi Kapoor's right to privacy. The channel had aired a clipping showing a scantily clad Jahnavi that was clandestinely shot in the kitchen of her Mumbai flat.

Justice Muralidhar asked the government counsel whether a law had been framed to regulate channels showing defamatory and objectionable images.

Counsel said the Press Council had the authority to regulate channels and he would soon file a reply to the petition.

The court directed India TV to produce the original copy of the clipping before it for scrutiny.

Nasir in the petition has sought a direction to the government and information and broadcasting ministry to cancel the license of the channel for showing the clipping, which was clearly an intrusion into the private life of a person.

The clipping was allegedly shot by the landlord of the house by his video camera and sold to the channel for a consideration.

Jahnavi shot into fame while attempting to commit suicide in front of the house of Amitabh Bachchan when the marriage ceremony of Abhishek and Aishwarya was solemnized.

She claimed that Abishek had promised to marry her and she had tried to commit suicide after hearing about the nuptial ceremony. Jahnavi had appeared for 10 seconds during the title song of "Dus" with Abhishek. Recently the housing society in Lokhandwala where she was staying threw her belongings out after she became controversial.

Jahnavi was confronted by the residents of Oscar building, where she stayed in a rented flat, for her theatrics outside Bachchan's house when she accused Abhishek of promising to marry and then ditching her.