QWrap: Sri Sri & Sunny Leone’s B’Day, NIA on 2008 Malegaon Blast
The three big stories of the day.
Malegaon Blast: NIA Gives A Clean Chit to Sadhvi Pragya
The NIA has dropped charges against Sadhvi Pragya along with four others who were chargesheeted by Maharashtra ATS in 2009. Lt Col Purohit will now be booked under the Unlawful Activity Prevention Act (UAPA). All charges under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) have been dropped.
SC: Free Speech Not Absolute, Defamation is a Criminal Offence
The Supreme Court dismissed the batch of petitions filed by Rahul Gandhi, Arvind Kejriwal and Subramanian Swamy against criminal defamation, upholding it as a criminal offence under the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The apex court bench of Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Prafulla C Pant, while upholding the relevant sections of the Criminal Procedure Code, said defamation doesn’t have any “chilling effect on freedom of speech”.
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