Petitions challenging the Centre’s decision to ban the BBC documentary, “India: The Modi Question”, to be heard today by the Supreme Court. The Apex court was hearing pleas filed by Beerendra Kumar Singh (farmer) and Vishnu Gupta (President of Hindu Sena) seeking an investigation against BBC as well as its employees. British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is a National broadcaster of the United Kingdom. The plea said, “The documentary film by BBC relating to Gujarat violence 2002 implicating Prime Minister Narendra Modi is not only reflective of anti-Narendra Modi cold propaganda broadcast to tarnish his image alone but this is anti-Hinduism propaganda by BBC to destroy the social fabric of India.” The petitioners were bashed by Law Minister Kiren Rijiju for wasting the time of the Supreme Court by mentioning the case again.
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The bench including Justice MM Sundresh and Justice Sanjiv Khanna will hear the pleas filed by Mahua Moitra, N Ram, Prashant Bhushan, and Advocate ML Sharma. Advocate Sharma filed a plea calling the ban on two-series BBC documentary as “malafide, arbitrary and unconstitutional”. Similarly, another plea was filed to take down the tweets in relation to the BBC documentary. The top Court in a previous hearing asked the petitioners to mention the case for urgent listing on Friday to ban the documentary because of its controversial context on Gujarat 2002 riots. Today, the top Court asked the Centre Government to prepare original records in context to the case till the next hearing in April 2023.