SC suspends Defamation Cases against Swamy

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New Delhi, Oct 30: The Supreme Court on Thursday suspended the defamation cases filed against BJP leader Subramanian Swamy by AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa.

A bench of Justices Deepak Mishra and U U Lalit also issued notices to Centre and Tamil Nadu government on a plea filed by Swamy for scrapping the provisions for criminal defamation in penal laws.

The court stayed the proceedings in all five defamation cases filed against Swamy in Sessions court of Chennai after the latter submitted saying, the provision of criminal defamation is "unconstitutional" as it put unreasonable restrictions on right to free speech and expression.

He challenged the validity of Section 499 and 500 of Indian Penal Code and section 199 (2) of criminal procedure code pertaining to criminal defamation.

Five defamation cases were filed by Swamy by the Tamil Nadu government after the BJP leader had made some defamatory allegations against Jayalalithaa on social networking site.

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