A Division Bench of Hon’ble Justice Talwant Singh and Hon’ble Justice Rajiv Shakder has ruled that a law firm can’t and should not run a website/blog, in respect of proceedings, that are being prosecuted was every likelihood of losing objectivity in reportage of proceedings.
According to the Court, any slant in such reporting might lead to myriad problems that might affect court proceedings and the respective counsels.
The petitioners had requested the Court to direct the Centre to extend tax due dates. Meanwhile, an article/blog on proceedings was published on the blog of ALA Legal Advocates & Solicitor, the law firm prosecuting the instant case.
The article’s title was A Summer of Relief of Taxpayers and published on www.gstlawindia.in which is a website managed by the firm. ASG N Venkatraman raised the issue, pointing out that the proceedings were incorrectly reported in the blog.
Hon’ble Court with the ASG’s submissions and ordered that a law firm cannot and should not report ongoing proceedings that it is prosecuting as the objectivity of reporting would be lost.
The law firm’s counsel stated that the article in question would be removed and tendered an unconditional apology to the Court and the Learned ASG; he further stated that the Court’s order dated 25th May will be uploaded on the website/blog, wherein the Bench had directed the petitioners to submit suggestions of parties to the GST council and Central Board of Direct Taxes.