New Delhi, Dec 28: The Supreme Court on Wednesday said that “fear” can be used to justify “disrespect” or “insulting” the government.
The judgement, delivered by Chief Justice R.M. Singh and Justice S.K. Mohan Mishra, comes two days after the Supreme Court upheld a government directive that all public schools should have a loudspeaker system to warn students of upcoming elections.
The court also said the government’s “fright” order does not apply to the “religious institutions” that have no objection to loudspeaker systems.
The court said that the Supreme Judicial Council had issued a directive last month “to ensure the safety of public schools, public transport, public meetings, gatherings and activities”.
The council, headed by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, had sought directions to make it compulsory for all public and private schools in the state to have loudspeakers to “warn students of impending elections”.
The court ordered the government to issue directions to all private schools and colleges to provide loudspeakers at their respective locations, “to facilitate the safe functioning of the school”.
The order said the public interest in the safe operation of schools is being served by the “continued implementation” of the order.
The court said the directive was “an attempt to control, stifle and harass public dissent”.
In the wake of the Delhi High Court judgement, the state government, in its response to the judgement, said it would “continue to comply with the order”.