A complaint was registered by the police against Adityanath and three others in 2008. However, the State refused to give sanction for prosecuting Adityanath in May this year. This refusal was challenged in the High Court by the petitioners.
During the course of hearing, the Bench was apprised by AAG Manish Goel that the State was being caused much embarrassment owing to wrong media reports and oral observations being quoted out of context.
The Bench observed that it had already cautioned against publishing misleading content. After going through various media reports, the Court stood in agreement with the AAG and therefore ordered a media gag on proceedings pertaining to the case.
The order passed on November 7, 2017 states,
“ After looking into the various media reports which have been produced by Sri Manish Goel before us, we are constrained to pass the order directing that no one shall publish or cause to be published any proceedings of this case till the delivery of the judgement .”