Allahabad HC: Free speech doesn’t cover abusing PM | India News – Times of India

PRAYAGRAJ: Observing that “the Constitution recognises freedom of speech but this right does not extend to hurling abuses against the PM and other ministers”, the Allahabad high court has refused to quash an FIR lodged against one Mumtaz Mansoori of Jaunpur. Mansoori had been booked for making derogatory remarks against PM Narendra Modi, home minister Amit Shah and other ministers on social media.
Dismissing Mansoori’s petition, a division bench comprising Justice Ashwani Kumar Mishra and Justice Rajendra Kumar observed, “Although the Constitution of this country recognises freedom of speech with every citizen, but such right does not extend to hurling abuses or making derogatory remarks against any citizen, much less the PM or other ministers of the Government of India (sic).”
It was alleged in the FIR registered in 2020 that Mansoori used highly derogatory remarks against Modi, Shah and other Union ministers. He had been booked under IPC Section 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace) and Section 67 of IT Act (punishment for publishing or transmitting obscene material in electronic form).
Subsequent to this, a criminal case was registered against Mansoori at Meerganj police station. Challenging the FIR, Mansoori had moved the high court with a plea to get it quashed.
However, refusing to quash the FIR, the court on July 15 dismissed the writ petition, observing: “The FIR clearly discloses commissioning of cognizable offence. We find no good ground to interfere in the present writ petition filed with a prayer to quash such an FIR. The authorities shall be at liberty to proceed in the matter in accordance with law and conclude investigation at the earliest.”

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