Section 118-A of Kerala Police Act: All you need to know about this ‘draconian’ law

The reference of the decision passed by the Supreme Court in Shreya Singhal vs Union of India was taken by the petitioners where the top court pointed out that probability of certain categories of speech being an insult, inconvenience and nuisance cannot be a reasonable restriction on speech. The court held that Section 118(d) of the Kerala Police Act is violative of Article 19(1) (a) of the Constitution of India. It was observed by the court that the offence of ‘causing annoyance in an indecent manner’ suffers from the same type of vagueness and overbreadth.

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