The channel’s editor-in-chief and host Suresh Chavhanke has come up with a trailer for a news show and called students who cleared the UPSC exams from Jamia’s coaching academy as ‘jihadis’.
Suresh Chavhanke, editor-in-chief and anchor of Sudarshan News, alleged that the number of Muslim students appearing and clearing the Union Public Service Exams recently had risen drastically in recent past. “How has the number of Muslim IPS [Indian Police Service] and IAS [Indian Administrative Service] officers increased recently?” he asked his viewers. “What will happen if ‘Jamia ke jihadi’ rise to positions of authority in the country?”
Suresh Chavhanke released a ‘trailer’ for a news show about Muslim students, cleared Union Public Service Commission exams with the guidance of Jamia’s Residential Coaching Academy. The anchor stated this as ‘infiltration’ of muslims in the civil services and ‘UPSC jihad’, calling the students who cleared the exams ‘Jamia ke Jihadi’.
Jamia Milia Islamia on Thursday said they have approached the education ministry to take ‘appropriate action’ against Sudarshan News channel and its editor-in-chief Suresh Chavhanke for “tarnishing” the image of the university and the Muslim community. Jamia Milia Islamia on Thursday said it has asked the education ministry to take ‘appropriate action’ against Sudarshan News channel and its editor-in-chief Suresh Chavhanke for “tarnishing” the image of the university and the Muslim community.
Supreme Court has stayed the Sudarshan News channel and it’s Editor-in-Chief from telecasting a show on the “infiltration of Muslims” in the Civil Services.
“We note that under statutory provisions, competent authorities are vested with powers to ensure compliance with law, including provisions of the criminal law intended to ensure social harmony and the peaceful coexistence of all communities” A two-judge bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud and K M Joseph said.
The petitioner, advocate Firoz Iqbal Khan said the expression of views derogatory to a particular community had the potential to be divisive. He added that the clip contained statements which were derogatory of the entry of Muslims in the civil services.
“Consistent with the fundamental right to free speech and expression, the Court will need to foster a considered a debate on the setting up of standards of self- regulation. Together with free speech, there are other constitutional values which need to be balanced and preserved including the fundamental right to equality and fair treatment for every segment of citizens”, the court said.
Earlier in the day, a single-judge bench presided by Justice Navin Chawla issued a restraining order against the broadcast on the so-called “infiltration of Muslims” in the Civil Services by the Sudarshan News on a plea filed by former and current students of Jamia Millia Islamia University.
Chavanke is known for his nonsense comment and inciting communal tensions, as well as spreading fake news.
The IPS Association has also tweeted and condemned Sudarshan TV for its “communal and irresponsible piece of journalism”.