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Covid-19 Rise: Madras High Court Rejects EC Request to Prevent Media from Reporting Oral Observations Against It | India News


CHENNAI: The Madras High Court on Friday refused to prevent the media from publishing the oral observations made by the court in which it blames the Election Commission of India (ECI) for the increase in Covid-19 cases.
Rejecting repeated requests made by Chief Counsel Rakesh Dwivedi on behalf of the commission, Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee’s First Bank and Judge Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy refused to grant any relief.
The issue concerns the oral observation made by the court on April 26 during the court-initiated suo motu PIL hearing to monitor the state’s readiness to address the second wave of the pandemic.
When the guilty plea was presented for the hearing on Friday, the commission asked the court to order the media to limit its reports to observations recorded in orders or sentences and to refrain from reporting on oral observations made during the court proceedings.
The publication of the court’s oral comments that the ECI was “the institution singularly responsible for the current situation” and that the ECI “should be charged with murder” had caused serious damage to the commission, the lead attorney said.
He added that police complaints are being filed against the commission seeking action for a crime.
Refusing to accept the arguments, the court said: “The courts are there. They can be approached if frivolous complaints are made. ”

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