26 Apr : Chief Justice of India K G Balakrishnan on Sunday asked the media not to interpret courts’ judgements, observing it leads to "distortion" of facts.
"Very often it has been observed that media reports project a distorted version of the facts and the judgements delivered by the courts," Balakrishnan said.
Addressing a workshop on "Reporting on court proceeding on media and administration of justice" and "Implementation of national rural employment guarantee scheme", he asked the media to report court proceedings "correctly" so that common people are not deprived of justice.
Urging the "senior editors" to intervene and ensure that "wrong versions of judgements" are not reported, the CJI said there should be some "moral bindings" on journalists while reporting court proceedings.
"The media is the Fourth Estate of democracy and so they have to behave responsibly and work for the development of the society and the people," Balakrishnan said.
The CJI had a word of praise for the NREGA and said the scheme has been an instant success and helped in a big way in employment generation.