Journalists challenge media ban

IN Media Watch Briefs | 26/12/2017

Nine journalists from Mumbai have filed a petition before the Bombay high court to challenge the ban on the media coverage of the Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter trial before the special CBI court. On Nov 29, CBI judge SJ Sharma passed an order on a plea by the defence counsel that the media could be present during the hearing but could not cover it as it was sensational and could lead to some "untoward incident".                                 

 
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An undertrial accused in the murder of journalist Sudip Datta Bhowmik in Tripura last year has apparently threatened a witness on whose statement the case hinges. This is the TSR jawan who witnessed the entire incident. The custodial trial in the case began last week. Bhowmick was shot dead last year in the TSR 2nd battalion HQ and four TSR personnel including the battalion commandant are implicated in the case. (UNI)                      

The  Deccan Chronicle and Asian Age have reported that Parashuram Waghmare, the last of the six suspects arrested in connection with the killing of journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh, was her assassin. The confirmation is attributed to a senior official in the Special Investigation Team. He also said the same weapon was used to shoot Gauri Lankesh, as rationalists Govind Pansare and M M Kalburgi. The weapon has not been traced.The SIT suspects that three more people were present when Gauri Lankesh was shot dead at the entrance of her Bengaluru residence on September 5, 2017.                      

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