Selective leaks to media affect rights of accused and victim: Supreme Court transfers dowry death case to CBI

While it acknowledged that the "media does have a legitimate stake in fair reporting," the Court stated that media leaks, "can be used to derail the administration of criminal justice."
Selective leaks to media affect rights of accused and victim: Supreme Court transfers dowry death case to CBI
Indu Malhotra, DY Chandrachud, Indira Banerjee

A Justice DY Chandrachud led bench of the Supreme Court on Thursday observed that selective divulging of information to media or media leaks "can be used to derail the administration of criminal justice."

The Court made the observation while setting aside the anticipatory bail granted to the in-laws of a deceased woman in a dowry death case, while also transferring the case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

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