Free Speech not an absolute right: SC
Posted on: 2015-05-15 Posted by: CLAT Gurukul Category: Archive Blog
Noting that free speech is not an absolute right, the Supreme Court held that poetic licence does not mean having nationally revered figures like Mahatma Gandhi mouth obscene words. A Bench of Justices Dipak Misra and P.C. Pant set these standards while considering the plea of Devidas Ramachandra Tuljapurkar, who was charged with publishing the “obscene” Marathi poem titled Gandhi Mala Bhetala (I Met Gandhi) in which the Mahatma is a character. The poem was published in 1994 in an in-house bank magazine. Source: The Hindu
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