Special Public Prosecutor Ujwal Nikam expressed fear that the evidence published by the media was acting as a deterrent to the Nov 26-29 Mumbai terror attack case and Special judge ML Tahilyani passed his order in response to an application filed on Wednesday, Mar 18.
"The investigating officer and special PP have got serious apprehension that the witnesses pertaining to that part of the evidence will be scared and the publication will endanger their lives," Justice Tahilyani noted in his order on Wednesday, Mar 18 evening.
As the allegations were of a serious nature, Nikam the need for court's intervention in the public interest and passed the order. Nikam said in his application that certain print and electronic media had started publicising proceedings pending before the court. This resulted in part of the evidence being disclosed on TV before it was produced in court.