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Freedom of Speech & Expression Includes Freedom of Being Critical of Public Administration or Authority: Tripura High Court

Lawstreet Journal 4 Nov 2020 11:15pm

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It was recently observed by The Tripura High Court that the right to freedom and expression would include the freedom of being critical of the public administration or authority.

The bench consisted of Chief Justice AkilKureshi who further said in this matter that “any inroad into such freedom howsoever stealthily made, constitutional court will step in”.

A woman constable filed a petition challenging the order of her transfer dated 15th September 2020. By virtue of this order, she was transferred to join the establishment of Superintendent of Police, Gomati from her present place of posting of Procurement Division in West Tripura, Agartala.

She made detailed averments alleging mala fides on part of the administration in passing the main order in the petition.

On 13th September 2020, her husband who is an advocate was reported to have made statements critical about the Government hospital facilities when admitted as a Covid patient.

The petitioner alleged that by way of punishment, she was transferred from her present place of working immediately on 15th September 2020. She also stated that she is a sportsperson and represents Tripura Police invaluable events nationally.

All sportspersons are invariably kept at Agartala and transferring her was just a ground to establish mala fides.

Mr. Debalaya Bhattacharjee who was the Government Advocate opposed the petition contending this was her first transfer and as a person holding a transferable post and she had a liability to serve anywhere in the State. In his defense, he also stated that 8 other staff members are also transferred to various… Continue Reading...

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