New Delhi, Apr 30 (ILNS): The Election Commission of India (ECI) today moved the Madras High Court, asking it to direct media houses not to use oral observations made by Judges in the court while reporting court orders.
In an affidavit filed by Tamil Nadu Chief Electoral Officer Satyabrata Sahoo before the same high court, which had allegedly held ECI responsible for COVID spread said that media reports have “tarnished the image of the ECI as an independent constitutional agency that is entrusted with the constitutional responsibility of conducting elections.
The ECI said that the recent remarks as quoted by the media made by the Madras High Court bench led by Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee, are not found anywhere in his judgment. The EC asked the Supreme Court to direct media houses not to report oral observations made by Judges in the courts and stick to their written orders or judgements only.
The ECI said, why the media should report oral observations during hearings and not stick to just the judgement part of it.
The observation by the Madras High Court bench was made on April 26, as the Judges lambasted the ECI, holding it ‘singularly’ responsible for the explosive growth of COVID-19 infections across the country in a second wave.
The Judges’ ire as per media reports, was at the Commission allowing political parties to hold massive rallies with no respect to Covid protocols. The media had reported that the Judges went on to say that ECI officials “should be booked for murder”. The ECI has denied any such content in the Madras High Court judgment. ILNS\SJ\RJ/SNG