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Mattoo case scuffle: Media team to insist on FIR
Onkar Singh in New Delhi | October 18, 2006 16:51 IST
The Press Council of India has suo moto taken up the case of mediapersons being chased and beaten up by some persons wearing black coats outside the Delhi high court soon after advocate Santosh Kumar Singh was held guilty by a division bench comprising of Justice R S Sodhi and Justice P K Bhasin in the Priyadarshini Mattoo rape and murder case.
This was disclosed by S N Sinha, member of the Press Council, in a conversation with this correspondent.
Sinha, who is also the president of the photographers assocation, said that a delegation of mediapersons would meet the Delhi Police Commissioner Dr K K Paul and impress upon him to file an FIR against the persons concerned as they were recognisable.
The incident took place when Santosh Kumar Singh was being whisked away in a vehicle by CBI officials after his conviction by the division bench.
"We were taking pictures from outside the high court gates and these men charged at us. They kicked and beat up the photographers and some of the cameramen of news channels and threatened to break the equipment. They seized the mobile phone of one of the videographers," Pankaj Nagia, of a leading English daily from Mumbai, said.
S K Pandey, president of the Delhi Union of Journalists, also condemned the incident and demanded action against the guilty persons who happen to be close friends of Santosh Kumar Singh.
"The DUJ condemns the incident in which mediapersons doing their duty were threatened and beaten up by some individuals. The Delhi police should take suitable action against them," Pandey told rediff.com.