Media can't be stopped from reporting court observations, SC to EC

Media is a powerful watchdog in democracy, it cannot be stopped from reporting discussions in higher courts: SC

The media cannot be stopped from reporting any court hearing, the Supreme Court said on Monday as the Election Commission complained against the Madras High Court’s observation that the poll watchdog was singularly responsible for the rise in Covid-19 cases.


A bench of justices D Y Chandrachud and M R Shah said it did not want to “demoralise” the high court as they are vital pillars of the democracy, and the various critical remarks, as alleged by the Election Commission, are often said in an open dialogue between the bar and the bench.


“Media is a powerful watchdog in democracy, it cannot be stopped from reporting discussions in higher courts. Seeking relief such as media should not report on observations is too far-fetched,” the Supreme Court said.
On Friday, the Madras High Court had refused to entertain a petition by the Election Commission seeking to restrain media from publishing the court’s oral observations blaming the poll body for the rise in Covid-19 cases.

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