Congress General Secretary and Delhi Congress Unit Chief Ajay Maken said Kejriwal government had not only targeted the media but also tried to throttle the voices of its political adversaries through the circular on filing of defamation cases against the media for any news that causes "damage" to its reputation or that of Chief Minister and other ministers.

"It was against the basic principle of freedom of expression. What Arvind Kejriwal wanted was to not only gag the media but also the common man and leaders of political  parties. The circular was totally unconstitutional and we welcome the Supreme Court order," Maken said.

The Delhi BJP also hailed the Supreme Court order, calling it a victory of democratic rights. "We welcome the Supreme Court order. In democracy, you cannot gag the media. The anti-media circular was aimed at curbing voices of dissent," stated Delhi BJP leader Vijender Gupta.

Suspended AAP leader Prashant Bhushan said the court had noted that it was the height of hypocrisy that first Kejriwal had asked for criminal defamation to be declared unconstitutional and then used it to prosecute media.

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