Additional restrictions cannot be imposed on freedom of speech of ministers, MPs/ MLAs: Supreme Court

The Court held that the restrictions on freedom of speech of public functionaries cannot go beyond what is prescribed under Article 19(2) of the Constitution which are exhaustive and applicable to all citizens.
Supreme Court
Supreme Court

The Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that ministers, Members of Parliament (MPs) and Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) enjoy freedom of speech in equal measure as other citizens under Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution and greater/ additional restrictions cannot be imposed on the fundamental right of free speech of such public functionaries [Kaushal Kishore vs State of Uttar Pradesh and ors].

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