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Supreme court stalls Kejriwal’s defamation order

New Delhi, May 14: In a major embarrassment for Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, the Supreme Court on Thursday suspended an order issued by his government that called for criminal defamation cases against the media.

The apex court said Kejriwal has personally challenged criminal defamation cases against him on the grounds that they encroach upon his right to freedom of speech.

“You can’t do both things together – come to the Supreme Court against defamation on one hand, and then take action against the media,” reports quoted the judges as saying.

Last week, Kejriwal asked all officers in his government to register complaints about “any news item which damages the reputation of the chief minister or the government.”

He had accused the media of being “sold” and committed to “supari journalism” to malign his Aam Aadmi Party.

His opponents and others criticised Kejriwal for his attempt to stifle adverse remarks and opinions.

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