3 December 2017 05:12:46The Maharashtra government has sued the Centre and the state government for defamation, saying that it is not an “instrument of state action” but a “state initiative”.
It also alleged that it was an “overreach” by the Centre to “persecute” the state.
In its complaint filed in a Mumbai High Court, the Maharashtra government alleged that the Centre has violated the “constitutional right to free speech” and has “misused its powers” by issuing a series of notices and summonses against it.
In a statement, the state said it has “always been committed to respect the constitutional rights of all citizens”.
“We have always stood by the fundamental principle that the state should not interfere in the affairs of citizens.
In this case, the Centre is using the law to punish Maharashtra for expressing its opinion on a controversial topic,” it said.
The Centre has denied that it has used the law against Maharashtra.
It has said it is exercising “due process” in the state, and has challenged the Maharashtra High Court’s order.
The Maharashtra Government said the Centre’s “actions are illegal”.
The Centre is also seeking an order to dismiss the state’s charges of “malicious propaganda”.
The case is being heard in a separate civil court in Mumbai.