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CONSTITUTIONAL QUESTIONS AND CITIZENS' RIGHTSAn Omnibus Comprising Constitutional Questions in India and Citizens' Rights, Judges and State Accountability$
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A. G. Noorani

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195678291

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195678291.001.0001

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The Tehelka Commission and Press Freedom 1

The Tehelka Commission and Press Freedom 1

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(p.217) 29 The Tehelka Commission and Press Freedom1
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CONSTITUTIONAL QUESTIONS AND CITIZENS' RIGHTS
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A.G. Noorani

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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195678291.003.0095

The Chief Justice A. S. Anand nominated a retired judge of the Supreme Court to head a Commission of Inquiry on the tehelka.com exposé. It was unfortunate that retired judge was given the charge of enquiring into a highly political matter. The terms of reference seemed to be to probe into the credentials of those who made the charges. This is highly unusual. It would effectively muzzle the press as such commissions could be set up by the government every time a publication exposes some wrong doing by the government.

Keywords:   S. Anand, retired judge, Commission of Inquiry, tehelka.com, the press

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