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Criminal defamation law not unconstitutional: SC

it is not in conflict with the freedom of speech, it says

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Publish Date: May 13 2016 12:11PM | Updated Date: May 13 2016 12:11PM

Criminal defamation law not unconstitutional: SC

 Supreme Court upheld the constitutional validity of the criminal defamation law in the country on Friday, saying it was not in conflict with the freedom of speech.

 
Apex court bench of Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Prafulla C. Pant, while upholding  relevant sections of the Criminal Procedure Code, notably Section 499 and  Section 500, said defamation doesn't have any "chilling effect on freedom of speech".
 
"It is not necessary for all in the chorus to sing the same song," Justice Misra said, pronouncing the judgment. 
 
A magistrate should be extremely careful in issuing summons on a plea for the initiation of any criminal defamation case, he said.