New Delhi: Urging the Supreme Court to refrain from laying down any guidelines on court reporting, the Editors Guild of India on Tuesday suggested that the Apex Court call editors for discussing the issue.

Senior counsel Rajeev Dhavan, representing the Guild, said the Court should refrain from laying down any guidelines for reporting of sub-judice matters because it would imperil free speech as there is "not a sufficiently rich jurisprudence to balance media rights."

Instead, it suggested that there was a need for the Court on its administrative side to sit with the editors for discussing the guidelines.

Also there was difficulty for the court to give guidelines in the absence of any power under the common law to postpone or prevent publication of proceedings held in open court.

"If statute is brought then free speech and administration of justice will be at peril," Dhavan submitted before a Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice S H Kapadia.

"We have not developed sufficiently rich jurisprudence on the question of balancing media rights against other rights. The shadow of contempt law hangs over our jurisprudence," he submitted before the bench, also comprising justices D K Jain, S S Nijjar, Ranjana Prakash Desai and J S Khehar.

The Bench during the hearing wanted to know as to on what stage in case of PIL matters media should publish the contents of the petitions and said that there are 13 petitions pending in the Apex Court in which judges and senior advocates have been attacked.