- The Attorney General said in the Supreme Court, the media’s comment on the pending cases is an attempt to influence the judges’ thinking, the outcome of the case, which amounts to contempt of court.
- This remark was made by Venugopal during the hearing of contempt of court case filed against senior advocate Prashant Bhushan in 2009.
New Delhi. Attorney General K.R. K. Attorney General KK Venugopal said before the Supreme Court on Tuesday that the media’s comment on pending cases is an attempt to influence the outcome of the judges’ thinking (equivalent to contempt of court). Venugopal made this remark during the hearing of the contempt of court case filed against senior advocate Prashant Bhushan in 2009.
Contempt of court for commenting media on the matter under consideration-
Attorney General (AG) Venugopal said that the media commenting on the matters under consideration is an attempt to impress the judges. He said that this could result in contempt of court. According to the senior advocate, the Supreme Court has already clarified that it is contempt of court to try to give any kind of response to the matter under consideration. “The print and electronic media are independently commenting on pending cases, which is an attempt to influence the outcome of a case,” the AG said.
Court urges media to investigate-
Venugopal, currently commenting hard on the state of the media, urged the court to investigate the role of the media. Venugopal, Judge A. Before the bench headed by M. Khanwilkar said that this trend in the media is very dangerous. He adds, “When an accused’s bail plea is scheduled for hearing, a TV channel speaks horribly to the accused.”
Quoting the Rafael case, Venugopal said that while the hearing of the Rafael case was going on in the apex court, we had large articles and comments along with a summary of some documents on the day of the hearing. He said that the apex court while deciding what type of speech and publication may have contempt of court and they should also consider these issues.