A lawyer in the Election Commission’s panel of advocates for the Supreme Court has resigned stating that his ‘values are not in consonance with the EC.
The lawyer Mohit D Ram has been a counsel for the Election Commission since 2013. “I have found that my values are not in consonance with the current functioning of the ECI, and hence I withdraw myself from the responsibilities of its panel counsel before the Supreme Court of India,” he said in his resignation letter.
He said it was an honour to represent the EC and called it a cherishing milestone of his career.
EC in SC over media gag
The EC had earlier moved the Supreme Court against the media coverage on reporting of court observations concerning the EC. The media had reported a Madras High Court comments that said the EC was singularly responsible for the Covid surge and “should be booked for murder”.
The SC dismissed the EC’s petition which had approached the top court saying that the Madras HC’s remark and its reporting had dented its image. The Supreme Court had refused to gag the media.
The Supreme Court rejecting the EC plea said that it will be retrograde to restrain HCs from making observations or gagging the media from reporting observations. It said, “No restriction on media from reporting on court proceedings. It is integral to freedom of speech and expression.”
The top court said, “Now people are more digital-oriented and hence look to the internet for information. It would do no good to prevent the new medium from reporting proceedings. Constitutional bodies would do better than to complain about this.”
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