Debate in Media Over Pending Cases Affects Thinking of Judges: AG KK Venugopal

Today, the Attorney General K.K. Venugopal expressed concern in the Supreme Court on the reporting of pending cases, before the Courts, in the media. 

AG KK Venugopal said in the Supreme Court that the debate in print media and TV goes on to affect the thinking of the judges in the cases pending before the court and it has caused serious damage to the institution. 

AG added that this issue is going on in serious proportions today. The AG said that TV flashes messages between the accused and someone, when someone comes for the bail application. 

It is harmful to the accused and it comes out during the bail hearing. In the same way as an example, if Rafael is to be heard in the court then an article will come out. This is contempt of court. 

AG gave this argument during the hearing of Prashant Bhushan contempt case of 2009. Now the case will heard on 04.11.2020

A bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar, Justice BR Gavai and Justice Krishna Murari has heard the matter today. The court has to consider the following major issues:

  1. What is the process of expressing a complaint against any judge?
  2. Under which circumstances such allegations can be made?
  3. When a case is pending, to what extent can the statement be made in Media? 

The SC had sought the help of Attorney General KK Venugopal on these issues.

Significantly, the Apex court had on August 10 refused to accept Bhushan’s “regret” and explanation for his statement in the 2009 case. 

In 2009, Mr. Prashant Bhushan, in an interview to Tehelka magazine, made controversial allegations against the former Chief Justice of India besides giving controversial remarks against the judiciary.

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