Fatah Ka Fatwa Row : Govt’s Advocate Sought More Time to Reply on PIL in High Court

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New Delhi : Delhi High Court has granted four more weeks time to the government’s advocate as I & B Ministry failed to respond on given time. A PIL was filed by Hifzur Rehman Khan requesting the court to ban the Zee News show ‘Fatah ka fatwa’ and has sought a response from Ministry of information and Broadcast in February.

In February Delhi High Court issued a notice to Minister of Information and Broadcasting and gave two month to response to the query, but Ministry failed to respond. Yesterday was the hearing on the same PIL and govt’s advocate requested Judge to give some more time as Ministry has not provided any update.

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A bench of acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Anu Malhotra said that the parties involved should ensure that an affidavit is filed on their behalf within four weeks.

Controversies led to PIL :

PIL filed by Hifzur Rehman Khan, states Zee News is broadcasting a controversial show in which Pakistan born Canadian citizen Tarek Fatah is the host, the petitioner alleged that Tarek Fatah who is a poster boy for Right Wing Hindutva groups has intentions to demonise Indian Muslim community with twisted facts and hatred. In PIL the petitioner has asked to ban the show and also asked to remove the content from Youtube.

 

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