Observing that the media A bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud and M R Shah while hearing an appeal by the Election Commission (EC), which had complained about being The EC should treat it as a bitter pill in the right spirit. Oral observations are as important as judicial orders. Unfolding of process of judicial thinking is equally of interest to the public. The unfolding of debate in the court is equally important and media has a duty to report. It The apex court, however, said that the HC comment was quite strong but must have been made out of anguish and frustration. Calling this plea The top court also reserved its order on the EC Coming down heavily on the EC for Justice Chandrachud assured the EC that it would try to balance the situation but it cannot ask the HC judges not to make comments beyond the pleadings. Sometimes, judges say certain things in larger public interest, he said, adding that Democracy survives only when institutions are strengthened, Senior counsel Rakesh Dwivedi, appearing for EC, argued that the media should not report the oral observations which did not form part of the final order. The HCs The EC also pointed at the role of the government, saying the latter had often shifted the responsibility of enforcing Covid safety rules to the election body. Dwivedi also told the SC said that it was the government under the Disaster Management Authority that had to manage the rallies of the Prime Minister and the TN Chief Minister.