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Bharatiya Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy has approached the Supreme Court, challenging various provisions of the Indian Penal Code that punish people found guilty of “hate speech”. Swamy had claimed that it violates people’s fundamental right to freedom of speech.
The former cabinet minister’s petition, that is likely to be taken up in the second week of July, argues that IPC Sections 153, 153A,153B, 295, 295A, 298 and 505 curtail people’s right to express their views. These sections deal with hate speech related to religion, race, place of birth, etc.