ECI has approached the Madras High Court against the remark of “murder charges” EC said the media should not report oral remarks made by the court
The plea comes in the wake of reports of the Court’s April 26 oral observations that the ECI should “be put on murder charges probably” for failing to ensure compliance of COVID-19 protocol during election rallies
The Election Commission of India (ECI) has moved the Madras High Court seeking directions to be issued to media houses to confine their reports to observations recorded in orders or judgments and to refrain from reporting on oral observations made during court proceedings in a case concerning COVID protocol for vote counting in Tamil Nadu.
The plea has been filed in the wake of wide reportage of the Madras High Court’s April 26 oral observations that the ECI is singularly responsible for the COVID-19 situation in India today and that it should probably be put on murder charges for failing to ensure compliance of COVID-19 protocol during election rallies.
The affidavit filed by Chief Electoral Officer at Tamil Nadu, Satyabrata Sahoo, has highlighted that the said oral observation was not finally recorded in the order passed that day in the case, which was concerned with the adherence to COVID-19 protocol during counting of votes in the Karur constituency.
While so, the ECI is aggrieved that media publications of the Court’s oral comments that the ECI is “the institution that is singularly responsible for the situation prevalent today” and that the ECI “should be put up for murder charges” has caused grave prejudice to the Commission. It also highlighted that a police complaint has been filed against a Deputy Election Commissioner alleging murder after media reports were published over the Court’s oral comments.