New Delhi, Sep 21 The Supreme Court on Monday queried the parties, opposing the telecast of Sudarshan News' controversial programme on the alleged infiltration of Muslims in the civil services, whether a blanket injunction could be issued, and would it have a "chilling effect" on free speech?
A bench comprising Justices D.Y. Chandrachud, Indu Malhotra and K.M. Joseph posed the query to advocate Shadan Farasat, who was representing three Jamia Millia Islamia students, seeking injunction against the show.
Justice Chandrachud said: "This issue is - what should be the nature of an injunction? Whether it would be a blanket injunction and if the court does it, would it also injunct protected speech?"
The bench also asked whether the court could restrict such an injunction only to an extent.
Farasat argued the question is whether a restricted injunction, limited in nature, would be effective or not.
The bench asked Farasat to first establish the focus of the programme was hate speech directed at a particular community.
( With inputs from IANS )
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