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“Law Firm Cannot & Ought Not To Report On Ongoing Proceedings Being Prosecuted By It, In Its Blog Or Website”

A division bench of Justices Rajiv Shakdher and Talwant Singh has directed, while considering a petition filed by the Society for Tax Analysis and Research, has directed that, a law firm “cannot, and ought not, run the website/blog, in respect of the proceedings, which are being prosecuted by it, as there is every likelihood of losing objectivity in the reportage of proceedings.” The bench of the Delhi High Court held that a law firm cannot report details of the cases through their website/blog for the reason that “any slant in such reporting may lead to multifarious problems which may affect the proceedings and the respective counsels.” The petitioners had filed a petition requesting the Court to direct the Central Government to extend various tax due dates, meanwhile, an article on the proceedings was published on the blog of ALA Legal Advocates & Solicitors (“ALA Legal”), which is the law firm prosecuting in the case. Titled “A Summer of Relief for Taxpayers” and published on, which is a website administered by the firm. Additional Solicitor General N Venkataraman raised issue on the same, highlighting that the proceedings had been incorrectly reported in the blog.

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