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A Supreme Court Bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud is hearing a plea against the controversial Sudarshan TV's "UPSC Jihad" programme touted as a ''big expose on the conspiracy" regarding Muslims "infiltrating government service.''
When the matter had come up initially, the Court had refused to impose a pre-broadcast ban and issued notice to the Centre, the Press Council of India, the News Broadcasters Association and Sudarshan News.
Following extensive arguments on Tuesday, the Court passed an interim order directing Sudarshan TV to defer the broadcast of further shows.
The Court is also hearing a plea for an authoritative pronouncement on "hate speech" by former civil servants including Amitabha Pande and Navrekha Sharma, who have made an informal collective "Constitutional Conduct Group."
Further, Sudarshan TV has also now moved an application seeking the live telecast of the Court proceedings in the case, stating that lakhs and crores of viewers of Sudarshan TV want to know about the legal proceedings conducted before the top Court and "they want to hear the points of arguments being raised by the parties."
Live updates of the hearing today feature on this page.