Media can’t be stopped from reporting courtroom observations, SC tells Election Commission

Supreme Court

The media can’t be stopped from reporting any courtroom listening to, the Supreme Court mentioned on Monday because the Election Commission complained in opposition to the Madras High Court’s remark that the ballot watchdog was singularly accountable for the rise in Covid-19 circumstances

“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 mentioned in its observations, information company PTI reported. “We don’t want to demoralise HCs as they are vital pillars of democracy,” the apex courtroom additional mentioned in the present day.

The Election Commission had mentioned the Madras HC’s remark was “uncalled for, blatantly disparaging and derogatory” and moved the apex courtroom on Saturday.

Coming down closely on the Election Commission for “not stopping political parties” from violating Covid protocols throughout their marketing campaign rallies for Assembly polls in 4 states and a Union Territory over the past month, the Madras HC had mentioned that homicide expenses ought to in all probability be imposed on the panel for being “the only institution responsible for the situation that we are in today”.

On Friday, the Madras High Court had refused to entertain a petition by the Election Commission looking for to restrain media from publishing the courtroom’s oral observations blaming the ballot physique for the rise in Covid-19 circumstances.

The High Court had additionally come down closely on the Centre for its poor preparedness in dealing with the second wave of pandemic. On a suo motu public curiosity writ continuing initiated to test the preparedness of the state to sort out the second wave in addition to assessing the supply of oxygen, beds, medication and ventilators to deal with Covid sufferers, the primary bench of CJ Banerjee and Ramamoorthy requested the Centre what they have been doing for the previous 10 to 15 months.