Thursday, May 14, 2015

SC stays Kejriwal govt's 'anti-media' circular

The Supreme Court on Thursday stayed Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP government's circular which said that the government will pursue the case against any person for making defamatory allegation against its employees.

A bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra stayed the circular issued on May 6 allowing the government to proceed against a person who publishes defamatory imputation against Delhi CM, ministers, or any public servant.

According to the circular issued by the directorate of information and publicity department, if any officer associated with the Delhi government feels that the published or aired news item damages his or the government's reputation, he should file a complaint with the principal secretary (home).

Asking Kejriwal to explain why the directorate of information has issued "such circular", the court sought a reply within six weeks and listed the matter for further hearing on July 8.

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