No restraint can be made on free communication during election, the Delhi High Court has said while refusing to stop a person from circulating messages on social media against a candidate contesting the Delhi assembly election. 

Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw declined to pass an order to direct a newspaper and Google to take down alleged defamatory content relating to the candidate. The court was hearing a plea by a BJP leader, seeking to restrain the newspaper, Google and others from publishing the alleged defamatory material against him. 

His lawyer pleaded that a WhatsApp sender be restrained from circulating messages that the candidate was accused of rape, as he has been acquitted by a court in Delhi. The High Court said though the candidate has been acquitted of rape, he is still accused of other crimes like molestation and sexual harassment.

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