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Ram Jethmalani opens argument for BEA

Press Statement : New Delhi: 17 April, 2012

Veteran lawyer Ram Jethmalani argued for Broadcast Editors’ Association (BEA) in the Supreme Court today. A five judges constitution bench of the Supreme Court is considering whether there should be guidelines for reporting of sub judice matters by media.

Mr Jethmalani said that court has right to interpret laws but not to legislate. Moreover, court can't issue any guidelines which may be violative to fundamental rights guaranteed by constitution of India. Mr Jethmalani was referring to article 19 (1) (a) of constitution which guarantees freedom of speech.

He also said that fundamental rights do not compete with each other rather they complement and nourish each other. Mr. Jethmalani pointed out that if law of contempt is applied properly, there is no need to frame any guideline.

Mr Jethmalani will continue his arguments tomorrow.

17.04.2012. 10:53

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