The Supreme Court of India on Wednesday commenced the process of framing guidelines to regulate the extent and nature of information police can disclose to the media on criminal cases.
The bench comprising Chief Justice R M Lodha and Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman asked counsel Gopal Shankarnarayanan to coin a question that would be sent to the state governments as well as the Center, including the union territories for eliciting their response on the issue
The apex court has asked Shankarnarayanan to frame the question within two weeks. It was just over a week back when Shankarnarayanan was made the amicus curiae during the last hearing.
The issues on which the court will be consulting the central and state government include to what extent police should be allowed to disclose to the media and during what state of the investigation. In addition, the level of hierarchy that will be communicating with the media is also to be determined.
The Supreme Court had issued the order on the guidelines in order to tackle the difficult situations involving gun battles, disciplinary action against police officials, follow up actions and so on.