Doctored Rahul Gandhi video | TV anchor moves Supreme Court for protection

Second oral mentioning in the case related to telecast of allegedly doctored video of Rahul Gandhi

July 07, 2022 02:38 pm | Updated July 08, 2022 10:28 am IST - New Delhi

TV news anchor Rohit Ranjan. Photo: Twitter/@irohitr

TV news anchor Rohit Ranjan. Photo: Twitter/@irohitr

The Supreme Court will on Friday hear a petition filed by TV anchor Rohit Ranjan seeking protection in connection with multiple FIRs lodged against him over telecast of an allegedly doctored video of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi.

A case is listed before a Vacation Bench of Justices Indira Banerjee and J.K. Maheshwari on Friday.

Mr. Ranjan's lawyer and senior advocate Siddharth Luthra had made a second consecutive oral mentioning on Thursday to urge the court to list and hear the plea.

Mr. Ranjan has been facing fire for the telecast of an allegedly doctored video of Mr. Gandhi.

A Vacation Bench led by Justice Indira Banerjee had on July 6 directed the case to be listed on Thursday after curing defects, if any, in the petition.

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On Thursday, Mr. Luthra was back in court and he said the case, though numbered and cleared of defects, had still not been listed for hearing as the Bench had ordered on the previous day.

Mr. Luthra has argued that Mr. Ranjan had apologised unconditionally for the "error" he had made in his show

"He is however facing multiple FIRs. The Noida Police have questioned him and released him on bail. The Chhattisgarh Police are seeking to arrest him... We seek an urgent listing," Mr. Luthra had submitted before the top court on Wednesday.

The Noida Police had whisked Mr. Ranjan away from his Ghaziabad residence on Tuesday morning, leaving the Chhattisgarh Police, who had a non-bailable warrant against him, stranded.

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