Govt is planning to take legal action against BBC

RSTV Bureau

rajnathGovernment is examining options on whether to take legal action against BBC after it went ahead and aired in the UK the documentary containing the controversial interview of a Dec. 16 gangrape convict despite Home Ministry having sought that it be not broadcast anywhere.

“All options are open. We are examining all facts,” Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday told reporters after BBC defied his ministry’s directive not to telecast the documentary on the Dec. 16, 2012, gangrape anywhere in the world and broadcast it in the United Kingdom last night at 10 PM GMT.

The Home Minister’s statement came when asked whether the government was contemplating legal action against the British media giant for defying the ban.

However, BBC today conveyed to the government that it has no plans to telecast the film in India in compliance with the directive.

Officials had said that Home Ministry is also planning legal action against British filmmaker Leslee Udwin for allegedly violating stipulated permission conditions.

A Delhi court had said that the order restraining airing or broadcasting of the interview of the convict Mukesh Singh, which was conducted inside the Tihar jail here, will continue till further orders.

The documentary includes an interview conducted by Leslee Udwin and BBC of Singh, the driver of the bus in which the 23-year- old paramedical student was brutally gangraped by six men on December 16, 2012. Mukesh has made derogatory statements against women in the documentary.