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Minister’s statement cannot be attributed ‘vicariously’ to govt, says SC

Minister’s statement cannot be attributed ‘vicariously’ to govt, says SC
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New Delhi, Jan 3 (PTI) A minister’s statement cannot be attributed “vicariously” to the government even when applying the principle of collective responsibility, the Supreme Court said on Tuesday and held that there can be no additional restrictions on freedom of speech for public functionaries.

A five-judge Constitution bench headed by Justice S A Nazeer said no additional restrictions, except those mentioned under Article 19(2) of the Constitution, can be imposed on a public functionary’s right to freedom of speech and expression.

“Statement made by a minister even if traceable to any affairs of state or protecting the government cannot be attributed vicariously to the government even applying the principle of collective responsibility.


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