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

The media can’t be stopped from reporting any court docket listening to, the Supreme Courtroom stated on Monday because the Election Fee complained in opposition to the Madras Excessive Courtroom’s statement that the ballot watchdog was singularly accountable for the rise in Covid-19 circumstances

“Media is a robust watchdog in democracy, it can’t be stopped from reporting discussions in larger courts. Looking for aid resembling media mustn’t report on observations is just too far-fetched,” the Supreme Courtroom stated in its observations, news company PTI reported. “We don’t wish to demoralise HCs as they’re important pillars of democracy,” the apex court docket additional stated at this time.

The Election Fee had stated the Madras HC’s remark was “uncalled for, blatantly disparaging and derogatory” and moved the apex court docket on Saturday.

Coming down closely on the Election Fee for “not stopping political events” from violating Covid protocols throughout their marketing campaign rallies for Meeting polls in 4 states and a Union Territory over the past month, the Madras HC had stated that homicide costs ought to most likely be imposed on the panel for being “the one establishment answerable for the state of affairs that we’re in at this time”.

On Friday, the Madras Excessive Courtroom had refused to entertain a petition by the Election Fee looking for to restrain media from publishing the court docket’s oral observations blaming the ballot physique for the rise in Covid-19 circumstances.

The Excessive Courtroom 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 deal with 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 had been doing for the previous 10 to 15 months.

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