After Advocate General Anindya Mitra could not appear before the Division Bench of Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose and Justice Mrinal Kanti Choudhury on Tuesday owing to illness,the Calcutta High Court fixed January 16 to hear the PIL related to new rules on issuing of accreditation cards to media persons by the state government.
The state Information and Cultural Affairs department had issued a notification in October to introduce new rules for issuing of accreditation cards to media persons. Arunagsu Chakraborty,a media person had filed a Public Interest Litigation in November challenging the government notification alleging the state was not empowered to frame such rules and that it should be declared invalid and unconstitutional. Meanwhile,Justice Markandey Katju,chairman of the Press Council of India,during his visit to the state in December. requested the government not to distribute the press cards under the new rule.
Chakraborty on Tuesday apprised the High Court that the state Information and Cultural Affairs Department has already started issuing the new cards to the media persons under the new rule and requested the court to intervene into the matter. The card distribution has been undertaken ignoring the request of the Chairman,Press Council of India,he said.
The High Court said the state could distribute the new cards but the fate of the new cards would be decided according to the final order passed by the bench.