Misunderstood relationship

Print edition : May 03, 2013

Senior Counsel Mukul Rohtagi addressing the media about the deferment of the hearing of the Ayodhya Babri Masjid-Ramjanambhoomi case before the Supreme Court, in New Delhi on September 23, 2010. Photo: Rajeev Bhatt

Sahara Group Chairman Subrata Roy. The firm alleged that its business reputation was seriously damaged after a news story carried on a television channel disclosed the contents of a letter it had sent to the regulator. The assumption in the apex court judgment was that uncontrolled reporting of the court proceedings frequently hurts the litigant's expectation of fair adjudication. Photo: Danish Siddiqui / Reuters

As far as substantive criticism of decisions is concerned, there ought to be no restraints on commentary, whether in the news media or elsewhere. All citizens should be free to comment on them.
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