In what could be described as one of the most important judgments relating to the Fourth Estate, the Karnataka High Court on Thursday upheld the right of the media in undertaking investigative reporting and bringing to light irregularities and illegalities committed by individuals and institutions.
The Bench was dealing with a contempt petition by Kavitha, wife of a sitting High Court Judge Justice K. Sreedhar Rao and her son Phaniraj who had initiated contempt proceedings against an English daily published from Bangalore.
The petitioners had claimed that the daily had committed contempt by publishing an article relating to the re-evaluation of an answer script. They said the daily had insinuated that Bangalore University had gone for re-evaluation out of turn only because Phaniraj was the son of a sitting High Court Judge. The daily furnished documents it had obtained under the Right to Information Act, including the fact that till date the VC had never used his powers under Section 15 of the Act. The only exception was in the present case, they said.