NEWS BROADCASTING STANDARDS AUTHORITY
Order No.18 of 2012
Re : Complaint dated 14th September 2011 filed by Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust against TV18 Broadcast Limited in respect of broadcast dated 1.8.2011 and subsequent broadcasts in relation to the RGCT.
1. Complaint dated 14.9.2011 was received by the News Broadcasting Standards Authority (“NBSA”) from Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust (RGCT), through its IBN and IBN7 news channels alleging “Gandhi Trust flouting law?” & “Rules bent to aid Gandhis” in relation to the land allegedly allotted to the RGCT for its proposed charitable eye hospital in District Gurgaon, Haryana. The first news report in this regard was broadcast on CNN-IBN & IBN7 on 1st August, 20111 and subsequent reports were broadcast on various dates and time up to 5th August, 2011 by both the channels. The grievance made in the complaint was that through these news reports, the Channels had represented that the RGCT had flouted the law and that rules had been bend for the benefit of the Gandhis belonging to a prominent political family of the country.