AAP set to ‘sting’ defamatory news items

NEW DELHI: The AAP government in Delhi has asked all its officials to lodge a complaint with the principal secretary (Home) if they come across any news item which damages the reputation of the chief minister or the government, so that further action can be taken.

According to a circular issued by the directorate of information and publicity department, if any officer associated with the Delhi government feels that the published or aired news item damages his or the government’s reputation, he should file a complaint with the principal secretary (Home).

“In such case, a reference letter will be sent to the principal secretary (Home) containing details of the defamatory imputation published, the mode of publication, factual inaccuracy, details of allegations made and ground for believing that it will harm the reputation of the person against whom the imputation has been made,” a senior officer said.

According to the official, the principal secretary (Home) will then examine the matter and will also seek the opinion of the director (prosecution) as to whether the prosecution under section 499/500 of the IPC is to be launched.

If as per the opinion of the director (prosecution), offence of defamation is made out, the principal secretary will refer the matter to the law department for examining the matter and obtain the sanction of under section 199(4) of the CrPc.

After the sanction of the government is obtained, the home department will forward the case to the public prosecutor for making a complaint under Section 199(2) of the CrPc.

The move comes just a few days after Delhi government issued order for close monitoring of all news channels.

Meanwhile, Delhi BJP strongly condemned the circular brought out by the Arvind Kejriwal government threatening action against media.

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