Noted special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam has said social media cannot pose a challenge to mainstream media despite its popularity, as it was “unrelibale” and prone to misuse by “anti-social elements”.
“Social media is no doubt gaining popularity but there is no reliability and hence it is not to be treated as a challenge to (mainstream) media,” the noted lawyer said here yesterday while addressing a gathering as the chief guest at the annual awards function of Chandrapur Working Journalists Union.
Nikam, who is the special public prosecutor in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case, claimed that the “social media is being often misused by anti-social elements to create a divide in the society or create chaos through rumours and hence it is not reliable”.
He also took a jibe at retired bureaucrats who have penned books.
“Authoring books after retirement has become a fashion for those who were at the helm of affairs in bureaucracy. I have no juniors working for me for the simple reason that many of the criminal cases handled by me have very sensitive issues that have to be kept close to the chest and it has resulted in conviction of criminals in all the cases,” Nikam added.