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Supreme Court adjourns Journalist Vinod Dua’s plea on SG’s request, extends Interim Protection

Sushant Kumar. The Supreme Court, on Monday (July 20) adjourned the plea seeking for the quashing of an FIR filed against Journalist Vinod Dua, at the request of Solicitor-General Tushar Mehta, appearing on behalf of the Himachal Pradesh police. It has been listed for further hearing on the next Monday, July 27. Consequently, the Apex… Continue reading Supreme Court adjourns Journalist Vinod Dua’s plea on SG’s request, extends Interim Protection

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Editors Guild Terms Registration of FIR against Supriya Sharma as Unjustifiable and Reprehensible

Sushant Kumar. The UP Police registered an FIR against The Scroll Executive Editor Supriya Sharma in relation to a report titled "In Varanasi village adopted by Prime Minister Modi, people went hungry during lockdown". Mala Devi, a resident of Varanasi's Domari village, complained that Sharma misrepresented her comments and that she has made fun of her… Continue reading Editors Guild Terms Registration of FIR against Supriya Sharma as Unjustifiable and Reprehensible

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SC grants Interim Protection to Journalist Vinod Dua in Sedition case, refuses to stay investigation

Sushant Kumar. The Supreme Court on Sunday (May 14, 2020) granted interim protection to journalist Vinod Dua until the next date of hearing in a case filed against him alleging sedition and perpetrating communal disharmony. The bench comprising Justices UU Lalit, MM Shantanagoudar and Vineet Saran issued notice to the Centre, Himachal Pradesh government and… Continue reading SC grants Interim Protection to Journalist Vinod Dua in Sedition case, refuses to stay investigation

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‘State should not impulsively invoke Section 199(2) CrPC to throttle democracy’: Madras HC backs ‘free press’

Sushant Kumar. In an important ruling by the Madras High Court, Justice Abdul Quddhose quashed the proceedings under Section 199(2) CrPC against a group of editors including N Ram (Editor-in Chief of ‘The Hindu’), Siddharth Varadarajan and Nakkheeran Gopal. The complaints were lodged in 2012 over alleged ‘criminal defamation against state’ for reports about the then… Continue reading ‘State should not impulsively invoke Section 199(2) CrPC to throttle democracy’: Madras HC backs ‘free press’

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Madras High Court provides ‘breathing space’ to free speech: Criminal defamation and the Sullivan Rule

Sushant Kumar. A single judge bench of Madras High Court on May 5, quashed the proceeding in a criminal defamation case against Economic Times and its journalist Sandhya Ravishankar while extending the rule in New York Times v Sullivan of actual malice to criminal defamation. The judgement authored by Justice G R Swaminathan is being… Continue reading Madras High Court provides ‘breathing space’ to free speech: Criminal defamation and the Sullivan Rule