The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a writ petition filed by self-styled godman Asaram Bapu for a direction to restrain the print and electronic media from publishing any news report/article in any manner whatsoever, adversely prejudicing his right to fair trial in the sexual assault case against him.

A Bench of Chief Justice P. Sathasivam and Justice Ranjan Gogoi, after hearing petitioner’s senior counsel Vikas Singh, however, gave him liberty to approach the court if the media did not adhere to the guidelines already put in place by the court in a series of judgments.

In its order, the Bench said: “We are of the view that for the present there is no need to entertain the writ petition.

“In view of the various directions in the referred cases, we hope and trust that the media, both print and electronic, would follow those guidelines. With the above observation, the writ petition is disposed of. Petitioner is free to approach this court if the ratio laid down by this court is not adhered to by the reporting agencies.” - Legal Correspondent