Magistrate, Police should not exhibit alacrity to register/take cognisance of case affecting free speech: Madras HC

Meera Emmanuel October 25 2019
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In an order passed last week, the Madras High Court made pertinent observations regarding the need to exercise caution before initiating criminal proceedings that may affect free speech. The Court made these observations while quashing an FIR filed against Tamil writer K Rajanarayanan popularly known as Ki.Ra.

"Neither the Magistrate nor the Police should exhibit alacrity to take cognizance or register a case in such matters. Every time they receive such complaints, they must dust their knowledge of the law . . .

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