The News Broadcasting Standards Authority of India has slapped Indian news channel Aaj Tak with a fine of Rs 1 lakh for airing fake tweets related to late actor Sushant Singh Rajput. The station has been asked to air an apology, Live Law reports on Thursday, 8 October. The ruling also adds that any supplemental information disseminated across the website of the broadcasters, YouTube or other links should be removed with immediate effect.
In its 6 October order, the NBSA said that Aaj Tak “did not conduct the due diligence required prior to telecasting the tweets and attributing” those to Rajput.
The authority will be providing the station and many others the text, date and time of the apology. The Indian television station will have to submit a proof of compliance of telecast of the apology in a compact disc within seven days of the telecast.
As per a report by News Laundry, the NBSA said that along with Aaj Tak India TV News should also apologise for the “egregious violations” of guidelines and in particular for the manner in which photos of Rajput’s body were shown. Zee News and News 24 will also have to reportedly air apologies in the context of specific programmes aired by the channels, and News Nation and ABP News have been issued warnings.
Mumbai Police investigating social media users
The onslaught of social media trolls across the world after Sushant Singh Rajput’s death has caused considerable damage to Bollywood.
According to the Mumbai Police, over 80,000 fake accounts were created across various social media platforms to discredit the investigation into the actor’s death. The Maharashtra government along with police are spearheading the investigation into the death of 34-year-old Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput. Mumbai police commissioner has the Indian cyber cell currently looking into social media accounts and will be registering cases under the Indian Information Technology Act.
On 3 September, the Bombay High Court had asked news channels to show restraint in reporting the case.