In its petition, the EC has sought the removal of the derogatory remarks of the Madras High Court, on which the Supreme Court hearing the petition said that it cannot ask the High Courts to exercise restraint during such a sensitive situation. A bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud said that it did not want to ‘discourage’ the High Court.
The Election Commission told the Supreme Court that it was deeply hurt by the ‘observations’ of the Madras High Court, a constitutional body. The Madras High Court held the Election Commission responsible for the increase in Covid-19 cases in the country. The High Court had also made stern remarks that the Election Commission should “file a murder case” for being the “most irresponsible institution”. The Election Commission told the court that the Madras High Court’s comments were constantly being discussed in the media.
On this, the Supreme Court said that it cannot stop the media from reporting on court comments. Supreme court also stated that the media is a powerful watchdog in democracy and it cannot be stopped from reporting the discussion in the High Courts. The Supreme Court asked senior counsel Rakesh Dwivedi, appearing for the Election Commission to tell the commission that Madras HC’s effort was not to show any institution less. The court said that it would give its order on the petition on Thursday.