On what grounds restrictions can be imposed on the Fundamental Right to speech and expression?

No freedom can be absolute or completely unrestricted. While it is necessary to maintain and preserve freedom of speech and expression in a democracy, so also it is necessary to place some curbs on this freedom for the maintenance of social order. Accordingly under Article 19 (2), the state may make a law imposing reasonable restrictions on the exercise of the right to freedom of speech and expression ‘in the interest of’ the security of the State, public order, decency, morality, sovereignty, and integrity of India, or ‘ in relation to contempt of Court, defamation or incitement to an offence’.

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