Restriction and Prohibition of freedom of speech are not inter-changeable, Tripura High Court
HRLN New Delhi: The Tripura High Court on 8 August observed that there is a distinction with regard to 'restriction' and 'prohibition' which expressions cannot be said to be inter-changeable. The high court's ruling came on a plea filed by the Tripura People's Front who were denied permission to assemble and celebrate “the International Day of World Indigenous People’s Day, 2019” by organizing a meeting at the Swami Vivekananda Stadium (maidan), in Agartala. "Wherever a `prohibition' is imposed, besides satisfying all the tests of a reasonable `restriction', it must also satisfy the requirement that any lesser alternative would be inadequate," Chief Justice Sanjay Karol said. The high court then quashed the Sub-Divisional Police Officer's rejection letter on the grounds that it did not meet the test of the conditions imposed under sub-Section (3) of Section 78 of the Tripura Police Act and asked the state to reconsider the issue afresh.