The Supreme Court Thursday said freedom of speech and expression is the most abused right in recent times
A bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde, which was hearing pleas of Jamiat Ulama I Hind and others alleging that a section of media was spreading communal hatred over Tablighi Jamaat congregation during the onset of COVID-19 pandemic, pulled up the Centre for its "evasive" and "brazen" affidavit on the issue.
Freedom of speech and expression is the most abused right in recent times, the apex court said.
The bench observed this when senior advocate Dushyant Dave, appearing for Jamaat, said the Centre in its affidavit has stated that petitioners are trying to muzzle freedom of speech and expression.
To this, the bench said, They are free to make any averment in their affidavit, like you are free to make any argument you want .