In a fresh blow to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, the Supreme Court of India has stayed the Delhi government’s May 6 circular on initiating defamation proceedings against media houses.
A PIL was filed in the Delhi High Court on May 13 seeking quashing of the government’s decision to file defamation cases against media organisations for publishing or broadcasting news that damage reputation of the Chief Minister, his council of ministers and the government.
A PTI report on Wednesday stated, “The PIL alleged that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal issued the circular in interest of his political establishment which is “a clear case of misuse of public office/fund for his personal interest and had nothing to do with the general public for which he holds the office”.
The plea, by an advocate, said the circular is “issued in the interest of the Chief Minister and his council of ministers, to protect their interest against the print/electronic media”.
It should be recalled that the Delhi government issued a circular against media on defamatory news. The circular said, “If by words either spoken or intended to be read, or by signs or by visible representations any person makes or publishes any defamatory imputation against the Chief Minister/Ministers of the Government of NCT of Delhi or any public servant employed in connection with the affairs of the Government of NCT of Delhi, in respect of his conduct in the discharge of his public functions and if the person aggrieved believes that such imputation has harmed his/her reputation, he/she will report the matter in writing to the Principal Secretary (Home), Government of NCT of Delhi.”