Moon Das lauds Supreme Court effort to curb trial by media

Actress Moon Das has praised the Supreme Court’s initiative to consider framing guidelines for media over covering criminal cases.

Last week, a three-judge bench led by Chief Justice of India RM Lodha described the issue of trial by media as “very serious” and said the court would consider some guidelines to be put in place for balancing the rights and interests of all the stakeholders.

“I am pleased to know that our country is putting laws in place to check trial by media. It will mark a new beginning,” said Moon, who had recently come down heavily on a media report alleging that it is “akin to tampering with evidence” in her molestation and abuse case against actor and model Siddharth Bhardwaj of Bigg Boss and MTV Splitsvilla fame.

She had blamed “an incorrect media report for spreading and propagating false, fake, fictitious and fabricated news” about her case. “I am shocked that a newspaper’s website report is giving the accused (Siddharth Bhardwaj) a platform to add and create false and fabricated incidents in my case, which may divert attention from the serious offence,” Moon had stated.

Last month, the actress filed a Police complaint after an altercation following a car accident on the Lokhandwala main road. An FIR has been registered against Bhardwaj under IPC sections 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman), 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) and 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace).

“Even before the Police can investigate or the court can reach a verdict, a one-sided media report tried to justify Siddharth and give him a clean chit in the abuse and molestation case filed by me. My version was not even sought for this lopsided report,” Moon had alleged.

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