A five-judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court has said the possibility of enforceability ought to be explored if a new code of conduct is framed for Ministers at the Centre and in the States.

The Bench, led by Justice Arun Mishra, is examining whether “greater restrictions” should be imposed on Ministers’ right to free speech. “If we ask the government to frame a code of conduct, it is necessary and desirable to make it enforceable,” Justice Mishra told senior lawyer Kaleeswaram Raj, appearing for Joseph Shine, one of the petitioners.

Supreme Court studying code of conduct for Ministers

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