The top court of the country also issued notice to the respondents after hearing the petition filed by the journalist, challenging the Gujarat High Court judgement, which had refused to quash the initiation of criminal defamation proceedings against the journo."Irresponsible reporting is not the journalistic culture. There should be a basis. The electronic media needs to be more responsible, while publishing a story or anything," the apex court bench observed.
Neeraj Kishan Kaul, lawyer appearing for Jay Shah son of BJP president Amit Shah,, submitted to the SC that freedom of speech for journalists did not give them a licence to selectively quote figures, and to target a person because he was related to a political figure.Kapil Sibal, senior lawyer appearing for the journalist, told the apex court that a journalist's duty was to ask questions and they "can't stop them from performing their duty". (UNI)