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The Tehelka Commission and Press Freedom<sup>1</sup>

A.G. Noorani

in CONSTITUTIONAL QUESTIONS AND CITIZENS' RIGHTS

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780195678291
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080588 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195678291.003.0095
The Tehelka Commission and Press Freedom1

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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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Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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