Maharashtra's Shirdi Sai Baba Sansthan has filed complaint against two journalists from a reputed regional news channel, accusing the media representatives to have defamed the Sansthan for not following the social distancing and lockdown norms. However, the complaint that has been lodged recently against the journalists relates to reporting that was almost three months ago.
According to the unlocking that took place in phases in the state of Maharashtra, temples were made open to the public on Nov 16, 2020. The Shirdi Sansthan was also thus made open to public since the same day, following the restrictions directed by the govt to be practiced by the temple authorities. Deputy Executive Officer, Saibaba Sansthan, Rajendra Thackeray, has now filed a complaint after two and a half months under Sections 353, 188 and 34 of the Penal Code, against the reporting that was done in Nov.
Currently, the Sansthan claims that the reporting and portrayal of breach of social distancing norms and COVID 19 restrictions is baseless. Whereas, the regional media is claiming that the untimely action that the Sansthan has taken after such a long time of the reporting is happening merely because of revengeful motive.