Written by Zulfick Farzan
04 May, 2021 | 10:24 am
New Delhi: The media cannot be stopped from reporting any court hearing and “must report fully” what happens in court, the Indian Supreme Court said on Monday (04).
The India Election Commission complained to the Supreme Court about being “castigated without any evidence” when the Madras High Court last week remarked that the poll body should be “booked for murder” for not stopping political rallies in the Covid emergency.
The Election Commission’s petition before the Supreme Court says the remarks “dented the institution” and asks that the media be stopped from reporting observations.
“We cannot in today’s time say that media will not report the contents of the court hearing. Discussions taking place in the High Court have equal public interest as the final order of the court,” The Indian Supreme Court said.
The Indian Supreme Court on 30th April ordered no clampdown on information if citizens communicate their grievances pertaining to Covid-19 treatment on social media.
“We want to make it very clear that if citizens communicate their grievance on social media, then it cannot be said it’s wrong information. We don’t want any clampdown of information. We will treat it as a contempt of court if such grievances are considered for action,” the top court said.
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