[Sathankulam Custodial Deaths] Madras HC makes appeal against media trial, urges that no one should intervene only for the sake of publicity

The Bench orally remarked that the concern was to avoid allowing persons to intervene only for the sake of publicity which would "dilute the purpose" of the suo motu case.
[Sathankulam Custodial Deaths] Madras HC makes appeal against media trial, urges that no one should intervene only for the sake of publicity
Jeyaraj (L) and his son Bennix (R) died while in the custody of the Sathankulam Police following their arrest on June 19 citing a violation of the COVID-19 curfew

The Madras High Court on Thursday commenced its hearing in the suo motu case concerning the deaths of Jeyaraj and Bennix while in the custody of the Sathankulam Police by urging the media, including social media, to refrain from misreporting court proceedings or conducting a media trial in the case.

The Bench of Justices M Sathyanarayanan and P Rajamanickam issued the cautionary note while voicing concern that such media trials may affect both the prosecution and the accused in the case.

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