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Supreme Court judge, Justice Kurian Joseph who is part of the Collegium made some remarks about the non-elevation of Uttarakhand High Court Chief Justice, KM Joseph to the Supreme Court.
And today it was this confusion of names which led to a grave error.
The comments by Supreme Court Justice Kurian Joseph was attributed to Uttarakhand Chief Justice KM Joseph. This was reported by News agency ANI.
The report by ANI was picked up by a lot of other media outlets including NDTV, Business Standard etc.
Here are a few excerpts:
It is very unlikely that a sitting judge would comment over his on elevation and this in itself should have made the alarm bells ring.
But it seemed like the media outlets did not bother to make that bare fact-check before publishing the news.
Some of the news outlets like NDTV later corrected their piece.
Some like Business Standard are still carrying the incorrect version.
Judiciary and courts have been very circumspect in the recent past about misreporting of legal news by media. There have also been attempts by courts to regulate media, a recent example being Delhi High Court.
Such nonchalant reporting will always be used as an excuse to buttress the case for muzzling the media.