Dhananjaya Y. Chandrachud

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Justice Chandrachud: Labelling dissent as anti-national strikes at heart of democracy

CALLING DISSENT the “safety valve of democracy”, Supreme Court judge Justice D Y Chandrachud on Saturday said “blanket labelling of such dissent as anti-national or anti-democratic strikes at the heart of our commitment to the protection of constitutional values and promotion of a deliberative democracy”.

Speaking on “The hues that make India: From plurality to pluralism” at the 15th Justice PD Desai Memorial Lecture here, Justice Chandrachud said “employment of state machinery to curb dissent instils fear and creates a chilling atmosphere on free speech which violates the rule of law and detracts from the constitutional vision of a pluralist society.”

Source: The Indian Express