Decisions

S.NO Channel Complainant Date of Broadcast Complaint Decisions
S.NO 641. Channel All Member Channels of NBA Complainant Suo motu action by NBSA Date of Broadcast Complaint

NBSA understood from Editor Members of NBSA that the genesis for issuing the Advisory dated 24.2.2010 by MoI&B was because some broadcasters had carried the interview of Mr Hafiz Sayed, the wanted terrorist based in Pakistan. NBSA noted that if the broadcasters had carried the interview, it was a violation of the guidelines .To ascertain the violation, NBSA decided to take suo motu action by instructing all broadcasters to submit unedited tapes of the interview and also decided to issue show cause notices to this effect to all the broadcasters .It was decided to issue show cause notices to this effect to all the broadcasters.

Decisions

17.5.2010
NBSA viewed the content and the visuals aired by member broadcasters and found that the member broadcasters had not violated the regulations while airing the interview. NBSA decided to close the matter.

S.NO 642. Channel TV9 Complainant M/s Arpan Eye Bank Date of Broadcast 9.2.2010 Complaint

The complainant lodged a complaint before the NBSA regarding an episode “Ankho Ke Lutere” which was telecast on TV9 news channel, when it was not a member of NBA.

Decisions

17.5.2010
NBSA noted that since the regulations did not permit NBSA to take up complaints of a non- member, it would not be in a position to take cognizance of the complaint. The complainant was informed .accordingly and the matter was disposed off.

S.NO 643. Channel Star News Complainant Sant Rampal Dass Date of Broadcast 7.3.2010 Complaint

The complaint pertained to a telecast of a news story which stated that cosmetics, highly sophisticated weapons, tunnels and hydraulic chairs were found in the Sant Rampal Dass Satlok Ashram Karontha, Distt. Rohtak (Haryana). It was also stated that Sant Rampal Dass was using all these items to enjoy and to befool the people by creating an aura of divinity around him. The complainant alleged that all the allegations were false and the weapons allegedly found in the Ashram were licensed and belonged to individuals.
Since there was no response to the complaint, the broadcaster was served with a legal notice, to which they responded. It was stated that they deny all the allegations and the telecast was done in good faith and for public good, without any intention to malign or defame anyone.

Decisions

17.5.2010
NBSA considered the complaint, response and decided that since there was no further communication from the complainant the complaint be closed.

S.NO 644. Channel IBN7, Zee News, ETV UP/Uttaranchal Complainant Mrs. SD Bajaj [3 complaints] Date of Broadcast 20.12.2009 Complaint

A common complaint was made against the channels regarding airing of a news report which related to a matrimonial dispute concerning the complainant’s son, which was pending in the Supreme Court and a Family Court in Mumbai. In the complaint she alleged that the channels had carried only the version of the opposite side which resulted in a biased reporting by the concerned channels.

Decisions

17.5.2010
NBSA decided that since the matter is sub-judice, no further action needs to be taken and the matter may be closed.

S.NO 645. Channel ETV UP/Uttaranchal Complainant Legal Notice from Mr K. K. Singh,Advocate on behalf of Mr. Jitender Singh, MLA Date of Broadcast 21-04-2010 Complaint

ETV received a legal notice from the lawyer of the complainant regarding a news report telecast on, on ETV (UP) regarding the speech given by the MLA in the Kurmi Maha Sammelan held at Sohawal Tehsil, Faizabad on 20.4.10. It was alleged by the complainant that the telecast was tampered, which was denied by the broadcaster as the reporter and camera person of ETV were present at the Sammelan. The broadcaster stated that similar reports were carried in other news channels.

Decisions

17.5.2010
NBSA considered the complaint and the response and decided that since there was no further communication from the complainant, the complained be closed.

S.NO 646. Channel Aaj Tak Complainant Mr. Zulfikar Ali Pathan & family Date of Broadcast 13-04-2010 Complaint

The complaint pertains to telecast of a news story which stated that his recently widowed mother was physically tortured, abused and harassed by him to sign certain property documents.The complainant alleged that all the allegations in the report were false and untrue and one sided. .

Decisions

17.5.2010
NBSA considered the complaint and the response from the broadcaster, which stated that the telecast has been based on an FIR filed and corroborated by his sister. NBSA decided that since there was no further communication from the complainant, the matter may be treated as closed. NBSA while closing the complaints was of the considered view that personal matters which impinges on the privacy of individuals must only be aired if the reporting of such matters is in “public interest” and not otherwise. News channels should not give any individual(s)/ party (ies) an opportunity to use the news channels as a platform to air incidents/views on personal/ family matters. It would be advisable that Editors to speak to each other and take a collective view before airing such stories.

S.NO 647. Channel INDIA TV Complainant Mr. Ashish Srivasatva, Director Chemtron Science Laboratory, Mumbai Date of Broadcast 31-03-2010 Complaint

The complaint was regarding incorrect reporting of the product used for artificial ripening of bananas. He alleged that it was wrongly shown that “acytelene gas” was a product of Chemtron Science Laboratory, Mumbai which is a harmful substance used for ripening bananas. The complainant alleged that “ethylene” gas was the product of their laboratory that is used to ripen banana and it was not harmful.

Decisions

17.5.2010
NBSA considered the complaint, response from the broadcaster, which stated that they aired a complete show giving all the information regarding banana ripening, which cleared all the mistakes and also carried the interview of the complainant. NBSA decided that since the complaint had been sorted out to the satisfaction of the complainant, the complaint be closed.

S.NO 648. Channel NDTV India Complainant Mr. Dinesh V. Sharma Date of Broadcast 03-05-2010 Complaint

The complaint related to the content of the programme “Khabardar” carried on NDTV India, which related to the sentencing of Ajmal Kasab and acquittal of two other persons, whose innocence was overemphasized and Malegaon blast was used to cover up to hush their acquittal rather than demonstrating what went wrong with the police administration in court and what led to arrests etc. .

Decisions

17.5.2010
The NBSA noted that the broadcaster had received a complaint relating to the content of the programme “Khabardar” carried on NDTV India on 3.5.10 and since the complaint was received on 4th May, 2010 they were in the process of responding to the same.

S.NO 649. Channel Aajtak & Live India Complainant Mrs. Mahima Agarwal, Mr. Rajan Agarwal [2 complaints] Date of Broadcast 16-06-2009, 19-06-2009 Complaint

The complaint was in respect of an alleged blood extraction case from minors in Hindaun, Rajasthan involving Dr. Girish Agarwal and Dr. H.N.Singh. The news clippings had labeled both doctors as Dracula who were involved in taking blood of little children. It was claimed that doctors were involved in a blood trading racket and blood extracted from minors were sold at very high price. The complainant alleged that the news items had made number of severe allegations on the doctors which were not mentioned even by police in their final investigation report and such news reports had created negative picture of them.

Decisions

8.3.2010
NBSA decided that since the subject matter is sub judice, the NBSA would not be able to take cognizance of the complaint. The matter has been disposed off. 8.3.2010: NBSA noted that the complainants on receipt of the decision took the view that the subject matter of the present complaint against the broadcasters was not pending before any Court of Law and NBSA was requested to take cognizance of the complaint. NBSA re-considered the decision and decided that since the subject matter was sub judice, NBSA would not be able to take cognizance of the same.

S.NO 650. Channel INDIA TV Complainant Mr. Radheshyam Sharma Date of Broadcast Complaint

The complainant alleged that continuous misinformation was being transmitted against Asharamji which has resulted in violence against the sadhaks. The complainant desired to know if he could file a complaint as there was delay beyond 7 days.

Decisions

15.1.2010
NBSA considered the complaint and the reply given by the broadcaster and decided that while it could condone the delay of making a complaint within the period of 7 days of the first telecast, but in the absence of any specific particulars and details of the programme/specific broadcast telecast by India TV with date/time etc & with supporting documents, it was not possible to proceed further in the matter.
NBSA decided that the complainant may be informed accordingly and a copy of the guidelines may also be sent to the complainant so that they are aware of the procedures to be followed for redressal of complaints. With these observations the complaint was closed .