The Supreme Court on Monday has clearly told the Election Commission that the media cannot be prevented from reporting on the remarks made during the hearings in the High Courts. In fact, after the election was held in the midst of a growing case of Corona, the Madras High Court had commented to the Election Commission that a murder case should be pursued. This remark of the Madras High Court was challenged in the Supreme Court by the Election Commission. The Supreme Court reserved the judgment in the case.
The Election Commission said in the Supreme Court that the Madras High Court’s remarks against the murder charges against him were constantly being discussed in the media.
A bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud was hearing the case. The Madras High Court had given a comment against the Election Commission on approving electoral rallies amid Corona’s second wave.
The bench said that media is an important and powerful watchdog in a democracy and it cannot be stopped from reporting the discussions in the High Courts.
The Madras High Court had said that the concerned officials of the Election Commission should possibly be tried for murder for failing to ensure adherence to the Kovid-19 protocol during the election process in four states and one union territory.
The Election Commission on Saturday moved the apex court against the critical comments of the Madras High Court, which held it responsible for the rise of Kovid-19 cases in the country. The commission described these comments as ‘unnecessary and derogatory’.