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The Supreme Court today said certain comments have to be necessarily construed as “defamatory” and those making such statements, even if they happen to be true, could not claim immunity from prosecution.
A bench of Justices Dipak Misra and P.C. Pant said there must be reasonable restrictions on freedom of speech, as it cited two hypothetical situations to make the point that a distinction needed to be made between public and private interest.
“Let us take an extremely hypothetical situation. ‘X’ is a woman of loose character. Can you make a statement that ‘X’ is a person of loose character?