India is ranked 161 in terms of journalistic freedom, the Supreme Court observed on Tuesday, referring to the recent World Press Freedom Index ranking. .However, the Central government's second seniormost law officer, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, disputed the credibility of such rankings.This brief but interesting exchange transpired towards the fag end of the hearing in the case challenging the remission granted by the Gujarat government to the 11 convicts who had gang-raped Bilkis Bano and murdered her family members during the 2002 Gujarat riots."We are 161 in terms of journalistic freedom," said Justice KM Joseph, who was heading the bench."Depends on person giving the ranking, I can also have someone give number one ranking to India...so it totally depends," SG Mehta responded..The remark came in the context of the Court passing an order directing publication of notice for effectuating service on unserved respondents in the matter. The notice was directed to be published in the Gujarat Samachar and Sandesh newspapers."We direct that in the writ petitions where service is not complete on private respondents the petitioners will take steps for fresh service on unserved respondents. we also direct publication of public notice for effectuating service on unserved respondents. Registry shall inform the unserved parties...one publication will be in Gujarati and one English language having circulation in the area. We direct publication of public notice for effectuating service on unserved respondents on Gujarat Samachar, Sandesh. Notice shall indicate the date of hearing as July 10, 2023," the Court said..This is not the first time in the recent past that the Court and the SG have clashed in politically sensitive matters.Recently, the SG had engaged in a heated exchange with a bench headed by Justice Joseph while hearing the case relating to religious conversion.