New Delhi: Replying to a plea filed by the media houses regarding freedom of expression in connection to December 16 brutal gang rape case, the Delhi Police on Wednesday said that it is necessary to ban media access to the trial.

The Delhi police, in its report submitted to the Delhi High Court, said they did nothing wrong by issuing an advisory to the media houses for covering the issue. According to the police, they could have registered an FIR against media persons under section 228-A of IPC for covering news related to the Delhi gang rape case.

Advocate Dayan Krishnan, appearing for the police, said that there were several witnesses in the case and for their interest the trial should be held in-camera.

Justice Rajiv Shakdher asked Krishnan, "Can you have some kind of calibrated access to allow accredited journalists at least one from each media". Krishnan replied to it in negative. The court has now posted the matter for February 28.

Earlier, the fast-track trial court on January 7 ordered in-camera trial of the case following unruly scenes that prevented the accused from being led into court. It also told the media not to report any news related to the case without its permission.

JPN/Bureau

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