The Supreme Court has held that criticism of governmental inaction cannot be branded as an attempt to promote
hatred between communities while quashing a hate speech case against Shillong Times Editor Patricia Mukhim for a Facebook post.
Ms. Mukhim was charged with promoting hatred between communities for her social media post urging the Meghalaya Chief Minister and authorities to take action against masked assailants who brutally attacked a few
nontribal boys playing basketball last year.
‘Call for justice’:
A Bench, led by Justice L. Nageswara Rao, said every citizen had a right to expect and articulate the call for justice. Justice Rao, who authored the judgment, said Ms. Mukhim’s Facebook post was one such “call for justice”
“Disapprobation of governmental inaction cannot be branded as an attempt to promote hatred between different communities. Free speech of the citizens of this country cannot be stifled by implicating them in criminal cases, unless such speech has the tendency to affect public order,” the Supreme Court held.