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This again takes into account an ill defined situation where it is surrendered essentially to the emotional assessment of the Executive to choose whether a demonstration represents a danger to public request or not. This ‘demonstration’ might just be deciphered as the discourse and articulation of an individual or company. Accordingly, Section 144 may wind up being abused to smother discourse and articulation.

In such a circumstance, where the administration and different specialists have been allowed wide-going forces to check discourse and articulation ensured under Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution, lawful security is given by the Doctrine of Proportionality and the ‘sensible limitations’ under Article 19(2). Proportionality and sensibility are the standards on which such government activities ought to be estimated.

In Om Kumar v. Union of India, the Supreme Court saw that limitations on basic opportunities have consistently been kept an eye on the “iron block of proportionality”. The Court checks whether the measures taken by the body are the most un-prohibitive intends to accomplish the reason. On the off chance that they aren’t, at that point the limitation forced will be subdued utilizing this teaching. In situations where the rights gave under Article 19(1) and 21 are confined by authoritative activities, the courts go about as an essential analyst and go into the benefits of the case while applying the precept of proportionality.

In KS Puttaswamy, the Court had said,

“Proportionality is a basic aspect of the assurance against self-assertive State activity since it guarantees that the nature and nature of the infringement on the privilege isn’t unbalanced to the motivation behind the law.” Despite the fact that Article 19(2) permits the State to force sensible limitations on the activity of the rights gave by Article 19(1), here the word ‘sensible’ turns into the point of convergence of proportionality in such cases.

In Anuradha Bhasin v. Union of India, Supreme Court has declared the critical need to adjust proportionality and sensible limitations as to guideline of discourse and articulation. It likewise held that limitation of discourse and articulation by means of acts, for example, inconclusive closure of the web, would be viewed as impermissible. Further, limitations made under section 144 can’t be utilized to stifle genuine articulation of supposition or complaint or exercise of any just rights, the Court had held.


The COVID-19 pandemic has carried with the execution of laws which we for the most part aren’t dependent upon or used to. These laws may become apparatuses for the administration for checking of discourse and articulation during this emergency. To forestall that and to guarantee that our entitlement to talk and communicate is maintained in these difficult occasions, the main path forward is to guarantee the best possible harmonization of the guideline of free discourse and articulation ensured under Article 19(1) (a), the sensible limitations epitomized in Article 19(2), and the Doctrine of Proportionality that has gotten a lawful norm for assurance of common freedoms and apparatus.   



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