The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the Ministry of Home Affairs to prepare a comprehensive manual on media briefings by police personnel about criminal cases.
Observing that biased reporting gives rise to public suspicion that the person has committed an offence, a bench headed by Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud said media reports can also violate the privacy of a victim.
The top court also directed DGPs of all states to submit suggestions in a month to MHA on preparing manual for media briefings by police in criminal cases.
“All DGPs, in a month, should communicate to Ministry of Home Affairs, their suggestions for guidelines…NHRC’s suggestions may also be taken,” the bench said.
The top court was hearing a plea regarding modalities followed by police in conducting media briefings where probe is in progress.