Merely because a publication pertains to a Court proceeding one should not rush to a conclusion to opine prima facie that it either tends to impair the impartiality of the Court or affects the ability of the Court to determine the true facts. One has to carefully see the nature of the publication and find out : Whether keeping in view the content of the publication there appears to be a real and substantial danger of prejudice to the trial of a case.
31. One more important factor to be kept in mind. If a public figure is involved in a litigation and the matter pertains to the affairs of the State, the right of the public to be informed of the evidence led at the litigation having a bearing on how the public figure discharged the fiduciary duty while conducting the affairs of the State would have to be given primacy
over the interest of the individual, for the reason those who enter public life and enjoy the perks of the State would be accountable at a higher level of probity and would be subject to a higher level of public gaze and scrutiny.
Delhi High Court
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