Defamation cases cannot be slapped if someone calls govt unfit or corrupt: SC to TN govt

supremeNew Delhi, July 28: The Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday stayed the non-bailable warrant issued against DMDK leader, Vijaykanth and his wife in connection with a defamation case. The SC also sought to know from the Tamil Nadu government as to how many defamation cases it has filed in the state.
The Court observed that criticism of a government does not mandate that a defamation case be filed. It also said that if someone terms the government unfit or corrupt, it does not automatically make a case for defamation.

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Should governments use defamation to stifle criticism: SC will decide in Vijaykanth case

Does having a different opinion or being critical in a democracy give governments the right to slap a defamation case? This is an aspect that will be examined by the Supreme Court of India. A Bench comprising Justice Dipak Misra and C Nagappan yesterday issued notices to Tamil Nadu government among others on a petition challenging the prosecution in a defamation case.
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Vijaykanth defamation case- The PP is not a post office, SC’s harsh words for TN government

vijaykanthNew Delhi, July 15: The Supreme Court on Friday issued notices to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, J Jayalalithaa among others in connection with a defamation case filed against the DMDK chief Vijaykanth.
Justice Dipak Mishra heading the Bench however observed that the public prosecutor must not behave like a post office.

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Interview: In Tamil Nadu alliance arithmetics will decide the political chemistry

sandeepshastriChennai, Mar 9: All eyes are on Tamil Nadu which goes to polls. Will Jayalalithaa return to power or will the people of Tamil Nadu give Karunanidhi one last chance. It may be too early to predict for now, but the run up to the polls sure does look interesting.
What matters for now in Tamil Nadu is the manner in which alliances are stitched up. I think it is the arithmetic that will decide the political chemistry in Tamil Nadu says Dr. Sandeep Shastri, one of the country’s leading psephologists.

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