Media cannot be stopped from reporting discussions in higher courts, Supreme Court tells EC

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The Supreme Court on Monday told the Election Commission that media cannot be stopped from reporting oral observations made by the court.

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The Supreme Court on Monday told the Election Commission that media cannot be stopped from reporting oral observations made by the court.

The Supreme Court on Monday told the Election Commission that media cannot be stopped from reporting oral observations made in the court.

The Supreme Court told the Election Commission that their prayer to stop media from reporting oral observations is too far-fetched and cannot be allowed.

A bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud was hearing the poll panel’s plea challenging the Madras HC’s ‘murder charges’ remark. The Madras High Court had slammed the Election Commission of India for allowing political rallies amid a deadly second wave of Covid-19.

“Your institution is singularly responsible for the second wave of Covid-19. Election Commission officers should be booked on murder charges probably,” the HC observed.

Senior advocate Rakesh Dwivedi is appearing for the Election Commission. The EC had sought that media should not be allowed to report on oral observations of the court, and that no criminal complaint can be filed on the basis of oral observations of the court.

Justice Chandrachud said, “We cannot say that media will not report the discussion that takes place in Court. The discussion that takes place is in as much public interest as the final order of the Court. The discussion in Court is a dialogue between the bar and the bench. Media is a very powerful watchdog in protecting the sanctity of this process.”

“It fosters a sense of faith in the community,” he said.

Justice Chandrachud said, “We don’t want to demoralise the HCs. They are important pillars in our democracy.”

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