Bhubaneswar (SunstarTV Bureau): Chief Justice Bobde, heading a three-judge Bench asked the Center to provide information on the existing legal arrangements to check the fake news, on Tuesday.
The Supreme Court said that the government should consider setting up a regulatory mechanism to attend to the complaints against fake and bigotry news on air, if one doesn’t already exist.
It also expressed dissatisfaction with an affidavit filed by the Centre highlighting the various advisories issued time to time to curb fake news.
Inability of the Central Government may lead the job of regulating fake news fall in hand of an outside agency, warned the apex court.
“Why should we ask private entities like NBSA, etc., when you have the authority? If such an authority does not exist, create one … If you cannot, then we will hand it over to an outside agency,” Chief Justice of India Sharad A. Bobde told Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing Center.