The court has directed the counsel representing the Kumbh Mela administration to relay the directive to the authorities, so the media persons and houses are informed accordingly.
The directive came during a hearing on a writ filed by Aseem Kumar Rai, a high court lawyer. He had moved the petition requesting the court to restrain mediapersons from taking photographs of devotees bathing and telecasting or publishing them.
The court also took cognizance of the bathing scenes at Kumbh published by a Hindi daily and took it on record.
The petition cited a division bench judgment of this court in 2013, wherein this court had observed that the media advisory issued by the Mela Adhikari, Kumbh Mela, 2013, takes care of preserving religious culture and heritage and prohibits photography in violation of sentiments of people.
“The Mela administration has given sufficient guidelines for prohibiting photography in the area that may hurt sentiments of people, especially at Sangam, and within 100m of bathing areas of Ganga-Yamuna. The mela administration is, however, not taking sufficient care, to enforce these prohibitions. The administration, including paramilitary and police personnel, will ensure photography either by still or in video mode, is not permitted within 100m of the bathing area of the rivers and also at Sangam area,” the court had observed.