New Delhi , February 19 : The Delhi High Court while hearing the plea of "climate activist" Disha Ravi on Friday said there should be a balance between the right to privacy and freedom of speech of people, and sovereignty and integrity of the country.
The bench of Justice Prathiba M Singh said, "There is no doubt that regulations of content have been a very contested issue across the world and India is no exception to it." Court's remarks come during the hearing on a plea moved by Disha Ravi in the 'Toolkit case', seeking direction to Delhi Police not to leak any investigation material in relation to the FIR filed against her or any third party, including the media.
After the detailed hearing in the matter court slated the matter for March 17 for further hearing and directed the respondents to file their replies and rejoinders in the matter.
"....While a journalist cannot be asked to disclose their source if input but they shall ensure the authentication of the input on their part," the Court said.
Senior Advocate Akhil Sibal who appeared for Disha Ravi sought directions to three News Channels (TV Today, Times Now and News 18) to take down reports from their online platforms with references to the "so-called WhatsApp conversations".
He also sought directions to the said media houses to be restrained from disseminating any particulars of the investigation not part of public record. He alleged Delhi Police leaked the crucial information of the investigation to the media.