PEOPLES UNION FOR CIVIL LIBERTIES Vs. UNION OF INDIA
HIGH COURT OF CALCUTTA
UNION FOR CIVIL LIBERTIES
UNION OF INDIA
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SHYAMAL KUMAR SEN -
(1.)This writ petition was filed by Peoples' Union for Civil Liberty and thirteen Public men of eminence praying for a mandate on the Central Government to implement the Prasar Bharati (Broadcasting Corpn.) Act, 1990 forthwith without further delay.The petition was moved with notice to the Central Government, its Officers, all recognised national political parties and their leaders. All India Joint Council of Doordarshan Production Staff Association also became a party respondent to support the petitioners.
(2.)Except the Union of India and its Officers all the respondents are supporting the case of the petitioners. Before the General Election in 1989 the Peoples' Union for Civil Liberties had put up a 7-point charter of demands to all political parties. The first demand of the said seven demands stated as follows:
"Radio and Television should be placed under the Control of one or more autonomous bodies created by law".
(3.)After the election, Janta Da1 came to power and formed Ministry. During the Janta regime the Prasar Bharati (Broadcasting Corporation of India) Bill was drafted after considering all reports prepared by Committees, Working Groups and Organisations appointed by the Government from time to time after independence. The Bill was introduced in Parliament for discussion.
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