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SC to Jayalalithaa: Learn to face criticism, don’t use Defamation as a Political Weapon on critics

August,24,2016:

SC feels that No other State misuses the State machinery like the Tamil Nadu Government.

Misusing the State Machinery to settle score
Misusing the State Machinery to settle score

The Apex Court today issued a very hard hitting statement to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa that as a public leader, she must now learn to face criticism.

This sharp rebuke came when the court was hearing a petition filed by DMDK Chief Vijayakanth. He was seeking dismissal of a defamation case instituted against him by the TN State Government.

The Apex Court quoted that No other state misuses the official State machinery like the Government of Tamil Nadu.

Defamation cases can not be slapped on Citizens merely for reporting about the health condition of Chief Minister.

Just last month itself, Supreme Court had observed that Defamation cases cannot be allowed to be used as a political counter-weapon against citizens for criticizing of the government.

SC had stayed the NBWs issued against Vijayakanth and his wife Premlata.

Public Prosecutor working for the state government reportedly filed 14 cases of Defamation against Vijayakanth.

The Supreme Court today made it clear that Defamation cases cannot be used to throttle democracy.

The court will now hear a plea of alleged abuse of public office on 22nd September.

AIADMK party was voted back to power in Tamil Nadu with a simple majority in May this year itself.

Jayalalithaa is known as an strict and authoritarian leader with an iron claw-like hold on the Party and State machinery.

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