The Bombay High Court on Thursday asked the central government to clarify whether excessive media reporting in a case impedes justice. Will it interfere with the administration under the Contempt of Court Act.
Should the court set guidelines on media reporting? A bench of High Court Chief Justice Dipankar Dutta and Justice GS Kulkarni has asked the government to reply in the matter by November 6.
The High Court bench said that if there is excessive reporting of a case, it can alert the accused and destroy the evidence or he may be absconding. If the person is innocent then over-reporting the media can tarnish his image.
The court said that we would not like the media to cross its Lakshman Rekha. But whether the excessive reporting of media is an interference in the administration of justice under Section 2 (c) of the Contempt of Court Act and whether we should set guidelines.
The bench also asked Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh to consider scenarios where such reporting on an ongoing investigation in a case may have influenced the investigating officer or resulted in threats to witnesses. The High Court said whether the court will have to prepare guidelines for regulating the press.