Telangana govt to make ‘criticism’ cognizable offence ??; what it implies

imply that those accused of using “harsh words” against a person or institution can be arrested without permission from a magistrate

Telangana govt to make ‘criticism’ cognizable offence ??; what it implies

Is it that criticizing the Telangana government led by K Chandrashekhar Rao could land one in jail ?

Because Telangana police will soon have the power to arrest those accused of criminal intimidation without a court nod and this move is being seen as an attempt to crack down on government critics.

Sources said that the K Chandrasekhar Rao government has reportedly decided to make Section 506 and 507 of the Indian Penal Code cognizable and non-bailable offences.

It would imply that those accused of using “harsh words” against a person or institution can be arrested without permission from a magistrate.

While Section 506 deals with criminal intimidation of a person, Section 507 is for criminal intimidation by an anonymous communication (through social media or anonymous letters, mails).

The punishment under both sections is imprisonment ranging from two to seven years, with or without fine.

According to constitutional expert Dr TK Vishwanathan, such an amendment to the IPC “is not a law unless passed by the central government and the President.”

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