SC Upholds Constitutional Validity Of Penal Laws On Defamation

The Supreme Court(SC) has upheld constitutional validity of penal laws on defamation as the right to life under Article 21 includes the right to reputation. Ruling in this regard was given by two-judge SC bench of Justices Dipak Misra and Justice Prafulla C Pant on combined petitions filed by a number of politicians and public figures.

Under Sections 499 and 500 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), 1860 make defamation a criminal offense. As per Indian law’s defamation cases are both a civil wrong and a criminal offense. In a criminal wrong, a person can invite imprisonment up to two years as per section 500 of IPC, while in a civil wrong a person may be sued for monetary compensation.

So let’s do:
1. Who is the Chief Justice of India ?
2. 
Under Sections _______ of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), 1860 make defamation a criminal offence.


Source – The Hindu








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