SC Upholds Defamation Law Challenged by Rahul Gandhi,Arvind Kejriwal & Subramanian Swamy

The Supreme Court today upheld the constitutional validity of penal provisions on defamation law, observing that the right to freedom of speech is “not an absolute right”. The bench passed the judgement on a batch of petitions filed by Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy and others. The bench said the stay of criminal proceedings granted by it in the trial court on the batch of petitions challenging the issue of summons will continue for eight weeks, during which the petitioners can file their appeal before respective High Courts for seeking reliefs in terms of today’s judgement.

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