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‘Recognise right to silence as a virtue’

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‘Recognise right to silence as a virtue’:

Facebook official Ajit Mohan has urged the Supreme Court to recognise the right to silence as a virtue in these “noisy times”.

He said the right to silence was as important as the right to free speech.

What’s the issue?

  • Mohan has filed a petition against the summons issued to him by a Delhi Legislative Assembly Committee.
  • Mohan had challenged the summons and the threat of breach of privilege posed by the committee in case he failed to come and testify about any role played by social media platforms in the events leading up to the Delhi riots in February last year.

Sources: the Hindu.