Madras high court rejects ECs request to restrain media from
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CHENNAI: The Madras high court on Friday refused to restrain the media from publishing oral observations made by the court docket blaming the Election Commission of India (ECI) for the surge in Covid-19 instances.
Rejecting repeated requests made by senior advocate Rakesh Dwivedi on behalf of the fee, the primary bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy refused to grant any reduction.
The concern pertains to the oral statement made by the court docket on April 26 throughout listening to of a suo motu PIL initiated by the court docket to watch the state’s preparedness in tackling the second wave of the pandemic.
When the plea got here up for listening to on Friday, the fee sought the court docket to direct media homes to restrict their experiences to observations recorded in orders or judgments and to chorus from reporting on oral observations made throughout court docket proceedings.
Publication of court docket’s oral feedback that the ECI was “the institution that is singularly responsible for the situation prevalent today” and that the ECI “should be put up for murder charges” had brought about grave prejudice to the fee, the senior advocate mentioned.
He added that police complaints had been being filed in opposition to fee searching for motion for felony offence.
Refusing to just accept the contentions, the bench mentioned, “Courts are there. They can be approached if any frivolous complaints are made.”


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