Seeking to bar criticism

The Bombay Parsi Punchayet (BPP) will approach Justice Sharukh Kathawalla of the Bombay High Court tomorrow to bar the Metro Junction newspapers of the Bombay Samachar group from carrying any material critical of the Trust and its trustees. The BPP claims that as the group’s chairman and managing director Muncherji Cama has signed consent terms of confidentiality, publications belonging to his company are barred from publishing such material.

The articles/advertisements are submitted and paid for by Dinshaw Mehta, former chairman of the BPP whose son Viraf is a BPP trustee. The pieces appear every Sunday and are distributed free of cost by Mehta in the Parsi colonies.

A trustee of the BPP stated that they were not against freedom of the Press but due to the consent terms, the material could not be published in any paper where a trustee had an interest/ownership. Dinshaw was at liberty to publish the material elsewhere, he stated.