The four legal journalists has challenged the Madhya pradesh High court on validity of the various provisions of Video Conferencing Rules framed by the High court, asserting their right to report live court proceedings.
Justice Nagu remarked,
He said the whatever constitutes part of oral observations and discussions from the bench and whether each dialogue in court proceedings to be claimed as a right to be reported?
He said that,
Won’t it amount to asking for too much by claiming a right to know and report?
It’s like a manufacturing process which to be kept in confidential and you can’t claim a right to know about the process.
Mr. Gupta said that intent of Supreme Court judgement of the Chief Election Commissioner Case – In this case every dialogues, discussions, oral observations in the court proceedings kept in principles of open court and under Article 19(1)(a).
So here whether any contradiction takes places in judicial process and the public will doubting the judicial process. The Rule 16 protects the confidentiality of court proceedings.
Their freedom is only restricted for which is orally discussed within the court and not to final orders and judgement.