Cases in which the Supreme Court will consider the validity of Criminalization of Defamation

The Supreme Court of India is currently hearing a bunch of petitions challenging the validity of Sections 499 and 500 of IPC among others.


The Centre for Communication Governance at National Law University, Delhi will been tracking the case and is collecting various documents relating to it.
NOTE: There are 25 petitions which have been tagged together- the latest list of petitions can be found at:
We are in the process of finding out the details of the lawyers and other documents regarding the same.
The details and other information regarding the cases is available below. (The table is not exhaustive as we are still collecting information)
If you have any information or copy of petitions or submissions please mail them to

Name of Case Number Lawyers Appearing for the petitioner Amicus Copy of the petition Copy of the written submission
Subramanian Swamy v. UOI, Ministry of Law & Justice & ors. W.P. (Crl.) No. 184/2014 Mr. Subramanian Swamy (petitioner in person)
Mr. G.S. Mani (Senior Advocate)
Mr. A. Lakshminarayanan
Mr. M. M. Kashyap
Mr. T.R. Andharujina (Senior Advocate)
Mr. K. Parasaran (Senior Advocate)
Arvind Kerjiwal v. UOI, Ministry of Law & Justice & ors. W.P. (Crl.) No. 56/2015 Dr.   Rajeev Dhavan (Senior Advocate)
Ms.   Vrinda Bhandari
Mr.   Chirag M. Shroff
Ms.   Swati Vaibhav
Available here
Arvind Kerjiwal v. UOI & ors. W.P. (Crl.) No. 62/2015 Mr.   Arvind P. Datar (Senior Advocate)
Mr.   Guru Krishna Kumar (Senior Advocate)
Mr.   Trideep Pais
Mr.   Gautam
Rahul Gandhi v. UOI & ors. W.P. (Crl.) No. 67/2015 Mr.   P.P. Rao (Senior Advocate)
Mr.   Harin P. Raval (Senior Advocate)
Mr.   R.S. Cheema (Senior Advocate)
Ms.   Mahalakshmi Pavani (Senior Advocate)
Mr.   K.C. Mittal
Mr.   G. Balaji
Ms.   Tarannum Cheema
Mr. Nipun Saxena
Mr.   Santosh Krishnan
Foundation for Media Professionals v. UOI W.P. (Crl.) No. 106/2015  Mr. Anup Bhambhani (Senior Advocate)
Mr.Dushyant Arora
Ms. Mudrika Bansal
Mr. Apar Gupta
  Available here   

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