On Thursday, the Delhi High Court sought the central government’s response on a petition put forth by actress Rakul Preet Singh to stop the media from linking her to the ongoing drugs-related investigation in the Rhea Chakraborty case. Singh alleged that though Chakraborty had retracted her statement in which she had allegedly named her, the media continued to link her to the case.

“She was shocked to watch news relating to her, along with actress Sara Ali Khan and designer Simone Khambatta, being named as individuals who take drugs by actress Rhea Chakraborty in the ongoing investigation by the Narcotics Control Bureau in Mumbai,” the plea said.

“The respondents have failed to discharge their statutory functions of ensuring compliance by the members of the News Broadcasters Association of their own directives, which has resulted in the flagrant violation of the fundamental rights of the Petitioner guaranteed under Article 14, 19, and 21 of the Constitution,” it added.

Justice Navin Chawla has issued notices to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, News Broadcasters Association (NBA), and the Press Council of India and sought their stand on her petition.

The court also expressed hope that “media houses would show restraint in their reports and would abide by the cable TV regulations, program code and various guidelines, statutory and self-regulatory, while making any reports with regard to the petitioner”, reports NDTV.