While there are measures to check malpractices in the executive and the legislature, there are no effective checks when it comes to the judiciary and the media, said advocate R Nitin.
“There is no provision in the law to deal with erring judges, particularly those in the higher judiciary. The only thing one can do is remove a judge by impeaching him, which is a very difficult and time-consuming process,” he said at an interaction here on Tuesday.
The programme, ‘Elections and Media’, was jointly organised by the Election Commission and the Information Department.
E-TV news editor G N Mohan said, “Media has to act as a bridge between people and the government. It has to play a proactive role while evolving a self-regulatory mechanism to check malpractice.” Asking the media to refrain from publishing sensitive and unsubstantiated news, Chief Electoral Officer Anil Kumar Jha said, “Media should be transparent and help in conducting free and fair elections by disseminating relevant information.”