Rajeev Chandrasekhar: ‘Govt’s right to intercept will always be there, but with checks & balances’

Speaking at Times Now India at 75: The Freedom Summit on Sunday, Minister of State for Electronics and IT Rajeev Chandrasekhar said the right to free speech is a fundamental right that any elected government cannot contravene easily.

The government’s right to intercept for duly authorised legal causes like security and terrorism will always exist with checks and balances in any democracy, Minister of State for Electronics and IT Rajeev Chandrasekhar said.

Speaking at Times Now India at 75: The Freedom Summit on Sunday, he said the right to free speech is a fundamental right that any elected government cannot contravene easily. “As far as the government’s right to intercept for duly authorised, legal causes like security, terrorism, etc (is concerned), that right will always be there with every sovereign government in any democracy, but those are accompanied with checks and balances.

“We must understand that there is no utopian world or where George Orwell’s sort of a situation is addressed completely,” Chandrasekhar said.

He said that to remain confident, ignore the conspiracy theorists who will waive a fig leaf of truth and create a whole conspiracy around it. The minister was responding to questions around concerns on the back of certain controversies in worldwide expose, where the state is also being seen as a bit of a threat. “The senior minister (Ashwini Vaishnaw) in my ministry has very clearly and very simply put it out there that we are a country with checks and balances,” he said.

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