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Stop Media from Reporting Judges' Oral Comments as it 'Tarnishes Image', EC Tells Madras HC

Stop Media from Reporting Judges' Oral Comments as it 'Tarnishes Image', EC Tells Madras HC

The Election Commission on Friday moved Madras HC against the comment that the poll body should be booked for murder for failing to deter crowds during the political campaigns, resulting in spurt in Covid-19 cases. The Commission has furter stated that reports on the issue have “tarnished the image of the EC" and the “media should not be allowed to report oral observations of the Court".

The Commission has submitted an affidavit to the court, where it has mentioned that it is pained by the “publications of the Court’s oral comments" and said that such publication has caused “grave prejudice to the Commission".

“These reports have tarnished the image of the Election Commission of India as an independent constitutional agency that is entrusted with the constitutional responsibility of conducting elections," said the EC.

The EC has prayed that the “Court directs that only what forms part of the record in the present proceedings WP No. 10441/2021 (the Karur case) to be reported by the press and electronic media and further directions may be issued to the media houses to issue necessary clarication in this regard.

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