news Sunday, May 10, 2015 - 05:30
The AAP government in Delhi has asked its officials to lodge a complaint with the principal secretary (Home) if they come across any reportage that damages the reputation of the Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal or the government. According to a report in The Times of India, the Delhi government has issued the circular and any official who feels that the news report threatens or damages the reputation of the government, can register the complaint. A senior officer is quoted by the newspaper as saying that a reference letter containing all the details of “defamatory imputation published, the mode of publication, factual inaccuracy, details of allegations made and ground for believing that it will harm the reputation of the person against whom the imputation has been made” will be sent to the principal secretary. The officer is also quoted as saying that the secretary would look into the matter and then seek the opinion of the prosecution (director) if a charge under sections 499/500 of the IPC is to be launched. If a case of defamation is found to be valid, the matter is forwarded to the law department and for obtaining a sanction under sec 199(4) of the CrPc. After this process, the home dept. is reportedly expected to turn over the case to the public prosecution to make a case under sec 199(2) of CrPc. The Congress and the BJP have condemned the AAP government, with the latter calling it an “anarchist, authoritarian approach”. Here is the directive, a copy of which has been posted by Congress leader Ajay Maken on Twitter. Kejriwal's latest threat and gag order is- 'VIRTUAL CENSORSHIP' — Ajay Maken (@ajaymaken) May 10, 2015   Read more at: AAP govt's diktat to officials: Report defamatory news items, we will take action