LEGALLY SPEAK­ING

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so­cial me­dia ac­tivists or trolls. While post­ing a com­ment on so­cial me­dia, they are the ad­vo­cate, judge and jury.

Whether or not a per­son has been hon­ourably cleared of ac­cu­sa­tions mat­ter lit­tle to those who post views on so­cial me­dia quot­ing the ac­cu­sa­tions long af­ter these have been found to be false. In tar­get­ing a per­son, so­cial me­dia ac­tivists and troll armies have their own rules. An op­po­si­tion leader get­ting cleared of rape charges by the SC or a top political ex­ec­u­tive get­ting a clean chit in a con­tro­versy re­lat­ing to alleged snoop­ing of a woman ap­pear to have no re­call value for so­cial me­dia ac­tivists. But when a ju­di­cial in­quiry clears a judge of sex­ual ha­rass­ment charges, what be­comes the topic of dis­cus­sion is the judge but not the false­hood of the com­plaint.

Hav­ing said so, there are a few judges in con­sti­tu­tional courts who need to ex­er­cise res­traint while hold­ing court. They need to re­alise that the con­sti­tu­tional power, dig­nity

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