Pre-Trial Injunctions in Defamation cases can only be resorted to in rarest of rare cases, Madras HC

Meera Emmanuel June 9 2019

The Madras High Court recently had occasion to reiterate that pre-trial injunctions gagging the freedom of speech can only be granted in the rarest cases. The Court highlighted this while dismissing a group of applications filed to restrain NGO Arappor Iyakkam from publicising certain allegations concerning favouritism in the award of public contracts. Justice R Subramanian observed, 

"... grant of pre-trial injunctions in the matters of defamation, can be resorted to only in rarest of rare cases, where . . .

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