New Delhi: Supreme Court on Monday agreed to examine a PIL, filed by two petitioners, seeking a direction that the identity of the accused should also be kept under wraps unless convicted or the investigation is completed in the case.
A bench of the Apex Court, led by Justice S A Bobde, sought a reply from the Union of India (UOI) after hearing the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by two petitioners; lawyer Reepak Kansal and Youth Bar Association of India (YBAI).
The petitioners claimed in their petition that since the reputation of the accused is also lost forever even when a case results in exoneration, so the accused's identity should not be disclosed in the case.
The Apex Court today sought a reply from the Union of India (UOI) and others on the petition of Kansal and YBAI.
The petitioners stated and sought a direction from the Apex Court that the identity of these persons should not be revealed. The prestige of the accused persons is at a stake, if these persons later were acquitted or discharged, then it will hamper their respect and prestige in the society.