CITIZENS HAVE RIGHT TO FREEDOM OF SPEECH & EXPRESSION, PROTEST WAS PEACEFUL: MADRAS HC

12-04-2021

Bench of Justice R. Hemlatha of the Madras High Court, while hearing a petition seeking direction to quash the FIR against the petitioner, held that citizens have right to freedom of speech & expression. While observing that the Petitioner had organized a peaceful protest against the amendments made to the Citizenship Laws, the Madras High Court quashed the FIR filed against a person nameD Jafar Sathick. According to the complainant, when the Special Sub-Inspector of Police was on his routine rounds, he found the petitioner, along with others, protesting against the amendments made to the Citizenship Laws. It was further alleged by the complainant that the Petitioner and others by their act had not only committed public nuisance but also caused hindrance to the free flow of vehicular traffic on the road. The Court noted that no untoward incident had taken place and the petitioner had organized the protest and the FIR did not disclose any act of violence. 

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