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BBC Documentary: The federal government has condemned the sequence as a “propaganda piece”

New Delhi:

The Supreme Court docket will immediately take up the requests difficult the centre’s choice to dam the controversial BBC documentary on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and 2002 Gujarat riots.

The lead enchantment was filed by Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra, veteran journalist N Ram and lawyer-activist Prashant Bhushan.

Of their enchantment to the highest court docket, they’ve sought a course to restrain the centre from curbing their proper to “obtain and disseminate data” on the two-part BBC sequence known as “India: The Modi Query” 

“All residents together with the press have the elemental proper to view, kind an knowledgeable opinion, critique, report on, and lawfully flow into the contents of the documentary,” it stated.

The enchantment has additionally sought quashing of “all orders straight or not directly censoring” the knowledge shared on social media.

Final week, advocate CU Singh – showing for the three petitioners – had stated that the centre has invoked emergency powers beneath IT Guidelines to take away the hyperlinks concerning the documentary from social media.

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A Supreme Court docket bench of Justices Sanjiv Khanna and MM Sundresh will hear their request.

A separate enchantment was filed by advocate ML Sharma calling the centre’s ban on the documentary “malafide, arbitrary, and unconstitutional”.

Advocate Sharma has urged the highest court docket to look at each elements of the documentary and act in opposition to those that have been concerned – straight and not directly – with the 2002 Gujarat riots.

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On January 21, the centre requested Twitter and YouTube to take down hyperlinks of the controversial documentary. India has known as the two-part BBC sequence a “propaganda piece designed to push a discredited narrative”.

The descriptor of BBC’s two-part sequence calls it a “have a look at tensions between Indian PM Narendra Modi and India’s Muslim minority, investigating claims about his function within the 2002 riots that left over a thousand lifeless.”

A Supreme Court docket-appointed probe discovered no proof of any wrongdoing by PM Modi, who was Chief Minister of Gujarat when the riots broke out in February 2002. The Particular Investigation Crew, in a report a decade after the riots, exonerated PM Modi citing “no prosecutable proof”.

In June final yr, the Supreme Court docket backed the clearance to PM Modi and stated the case was “devoid of deserves” and was filed “clearly, for ulterior design”.

The BBC says the sequence examines how “Narendra Modi’s premiership has been dogged by persistent allegations concerning the perspective of his authorities in the direction of India’s Muslim inhabitants” and “a sequence of controversial insurance policies” applied by PM Modi after his re-election in 2019, together with “the elimination of Kashmir’s particular standing assured beneath Article 370” and “a citizenship legislation that many stated handled Muslims unfairly”, which “has been accompanied by studies of violent assaults on Muslims by Hindus.”

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