The state cabinet has accepted the report of the P.S.Antony commission which enquired into the allegation against A.K.Saseendran who was alleged to have talked with sexual undertone to the lady reporter of a news channel. Announcing the decision of the cabinet, immediately after the cabinet meeting, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that the recommendations of the commission would be considered. Besides exonerating Saseendran from the charge, the commission strongly recommended cancellation of the news channel's license and to proceed against the channel for having indulged in criminal conspiracy.
Retired district judge P.S.Antony also recommended legislation to ensure that media did not trespass into the privacy of individuals. The commission had asked the channel to produce during the enquiry the sound-track of the controversial telephone conversation But the channel did not oblige. Neither the CEO of the channel nor the reporter with whom the Minister conversed did appear before the commission.
There are sixteen recommendations in the report which includes framing a code of conduct for the media.Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that the recommendations would be brought to the notice of the central government. A committee headed by the chief secretary to the state government has been appointed to look into the recommendations. Also legal opinion from experts would be sought on the recommendations in the report, he said.
Media circles are of the view that the state government has no right to either deny the channel's license or evolve a code of conduct for the media. It is also pointed out that the enquiry commission had gone beyond its terms of reference.