The government is using an obscure section of its new law to ban “centralized mailboxes” and the use of “central intelligence information” to “defend” a crime.
The move, which comes as part of the Criminal Law Amendment (Criminal Offences) Bill, was first flagged by the Mail Today website and was approved by the government on Wednesday.
The Bill’s new section, which allows a person to be held liable for defamation and other serious crime, was not introduced until this week.
But as Mail Today reported, it was introduced on the basis that a person who “defames” another can be prosecuted under Section 44 of the Crime and Disorder Act, which criminalises “defamation” of the person who defamed them.
Section 44, as it stands, carries a maximum penalty of up to five years’ jail and a fine of up 100,000 rupees ($12,000).
This new law could have the effect of making it easier for people to fight libel suits and prosecutions against them, according to the Mail Online.
But it could also make it easier to prosecute for defamation, and it’s not clear what the effect would be on the law in practice.
Section 44 was also proposed by the Opposition in a previous bill.
The government’s new law will not affect the existing law that makes it a crime to publish “a false statement of fact or opinion” or “defame or injure the reputation” of a person, according the government.
It also does not affect Section 44(1) of the Crimes Act, but the law is still being drafted.
The law was introduced in response to a growing number of cases where people have been prosecuted for defamation.
It was proposed in 2013 to help deter future defamation, but it has been criticised by civil society groups as overly broad and could potentially be used to suppress freedom of expression.
The bill’s main sponsor, the BJP’s Sushil Kumar Modi, said it was designed to protect India’s reputation abroad, and to protect national security.
“We cannot have free speech in this country.
We cannot have freedom of thought.
This is a new law that will help us protect our reputation abroad and protect our national security,” he said.
The BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi has promised to scrap Section 44 and instead amend it to help prosecute defamation cases.
In May, the Supreme Court struck down Section 44, saying that the section was a violation of freedom of association.
The new section is not the only section in the Criminal Offences Amendment Bill that has come under attack.
It is not clear how the law would apply to criminal defamation cases where a person publishes an opinion or statement which is untrue or false.