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SC gripes about media projecting it as ‘villains’ encroaching on executive’s turf over Delhi school closure issue

The judiciary appears to be more concerned about its media image as was evident from the observations made by the SC (Supreme court) recently. On account of being the country’s apex court shouldn’t delivering justice be its priority rather than its media image?

SC says ‘projected as villains’

The Supreme Court on Friday, November 3, clarified that it never asked the Delhi government to shut schools, during the hearing of a case regarding severe air pollution in the capital, rather only asked for reasons behind the change in its stand on reopening schools.

A bench headed by Chief Justice N.V. Ramana and comprising Justices D.Y. Chandrachud and Surya Kant said, “Do not know whether it is intentional or not. Some sections in the media tried to project, we are villains… we want the closure of schools“. “And, see today’s newspapers, You’ve right and freedom to condemn…We can’t do that. Where did we say we were interested in taking over administration?” added the bench

On Thursday, the apex court had pulled up the Delhi government for opening schools despite heavy air pollution. The top court said the Delhi government made work-for-home for adults, but children have to attend schools.

A bench headed by Chief Justice N.V. Ramana asked senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, appearing for the Delhi government, that ‘when people are working from home then why children are being forced to go to school’.

The bench, also comprising Justices D.Y. Chandrachud and Surya Kant, “You have implemented work from home for adults. So, parents work from home and children have to go to school. What’s this?”

The Chief Justice said the Delhi government made several claims that they are willing to even impose lockdown and other measures to curb pollution, but all schools are open, and three-year-old and four-year-old children are going to school when the air quality index is so poor.

Apex court concerned with media image

The judiciary that often quotes media outlets like NDTV, The Wire and the like that peddle anti-Bharat and anti-Hindu agenda. The judiciary should never play to the gallery but judges taking support of such unscrupulous media houses raises doubts among the common citizenry regarding its neutrality.

Essentially, the message the courts are sending out is that they are more concerned about their ‘image’ in the English media and this is likely to cloud their judgments since it is possible that what the media would write about them would take precedence over delivering justice.

While the mainstream media has often been caught by social media users peddling lies, the judiciary terms the latter ‘trolls’ and at the same time opines that dissent is a ‘safety valve’. Sadly, an institution that should be neutral often ‘takes sides’ based on ideology and convenience. Several judgments in the recent past should be subject to scrutiny.

At the time of delivering judgements, whether media would project them as ‘villains’ should be least of their concerns. In view of such submissive attitude it is hardly surprising that the judiciary submits to the Lutyens cabal. The judiciary needs to rise above ‘image management’ and must concentrate its energies on delivering justice speedily.

(With IANS inputs)

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