The Supreme Court docket Thursday mentioned freedom of speech and expression is the “most abused proper” in current instances. A bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde, which was listening to pleas of Jamiat Ulama I Hind and others alleging part of media was spreading communal hatred over Tablighi Jamaat congregation throughout the onset of COVID-19 pandemic, pulled up the Centre for its ‘evasive’ and ‘brazen’ affidavit on the problem.
“Freedom of speech and expression is probably the most abused proper in current instances,” the apex court docket mentioned.
The bench noticed this when senior advocate Dushyant Dave, showing for Jamaat, mentioned the Centre in its affidavit has said that petitioners try to muzzle freedom of speech and expression.
To this, the bench mentioned, “They’re free to make any averment of their affidavit, like you might be free to make any argument you need”. The bench was irked over the truth that as an alternative of secretary of the Info and Broadcasting Ministry, a further secretary filed the affidavit which contained “pointless” and “nonsensical” averments with regard to media reporting in Tablighi Jamaat difficulty.
“You can’t deal with this court docket the way in which you might be doing on this case,” mentioned the bench, additionally comprising Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian.
The apex court docket sought an affidavit from the I&B secretary with particulars of steps taken prior to now to cease motivated media reporting in such circumstances.