Arvind Kejriwal issues circular on 'defamatory news'; opposition calls it 'virtual censorship'

According to the circular, if any officers associated with the Delhi government believe they have been defamed in media, they should file a complaint with the Principal Secretary of Home Ministry

e4m by Abid Hasan
Updated: May 12, 2015 8:30 AM
Arvind Kejriwal issues circular on 'defamatory news'; opposition calls it 'virtual censorship'

Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal issues a circular against media on publishing ‘defamatory’ news. 

The Directorate of Information and Publicity department of the Delhi government issued the circular. It says the following: “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.”

The circular highlighted, “The reference made to the Principal Secretary Home shall contain the details of the defamatory imputations/made published the mode of publication factual inaccuracies in the imputations, details of allegations made and grounds for believing that it will harm the reputation of the person against whom the imputation has been made.”

Post that the matter will go to the Principal Secretary ( Home). The secretary will examine the matter and will also seek the opinion of the director prosecution under section 499/500. IPC is to be launched. Circular also said if the offence of defamation made out secretary will refer the matter to law department for examining the matter and to obtain the section of government under section 199 (4) of the CrPC.

Lashing out to the decision, Senior Congress Leader, Ajay Maken Tweeted, Kejriwal's latest threat and gag order is- 'VIRTUAL CENSORSHIP'”

Senior Congress leader, PC Chacko also spoke against the circular, talking to media he said, “Arvind Kejriwal is taking objection to criticism against his Govt,shows his anti-democratic attitude.”

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