SC takes seroius note of media comments media on proceedings

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New Delhi, Feb 10 (PTI) The Supreme Court today tookserious note of the critical comments made by a section ofmedia on arugments made by a senior advocate in connectionwith the hearing on the issue of CVC P J Thomas.

Senior advocate K K Venugopal, who is appearing forThomas, complained to the apex court that a news channel, haddubbed his arguments as "bizarre" and "absurd".

The senior advocate said such comments by the head ofthe channel during a discussion was "uncalled for" as it comesin the way of making a free and fearless submission.

A Bench comprising Chief Justice S H Kapadia andJustices K S Radhakrishnan and Swatanter Kumar agreed withVenugopal and asked him to file a report.

"You file a report in this regard. The committee willlook into into it," the Bench said refering to the apex-courtCommittee, which looks into media matters includingaccredition of scribes .

Attorney General G E Vahanvati also supportedVenugopal and said this was happening quite regularly in othercases.

The Bench said it was not proper on the part of themedia to criticise arguments of lawyers who assist thecourt to the best of their ability.

Venugopal said while all other channels and newspapercorrectly reported his argument, the head of an Englishchannel gave his own interpretation to the arguments forwardedby him.

The issue was also raised before another bench ofjustices G S Singhvi and A K Ganguly which was hearing the 2Gspectrum case.

This bench also cautioned the media against reportingissues out of context.

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