The Big Picture - Government Employees & Right To Free Speech
Tripura High Court has said that government servants are entitled to hold and express their political belief subject to restrictions laid under service conduct rules. Chief Justice of Tripura High court delivered this judgement whole dismissing an enquiry against a retired employee of the state fishing Department. Last year the Kerala High Court had also ordered the reinstatement subject to disciplinary proceedings of a KSRTC conductor who was placed under suspension for allegedly circulating derogatory remarks against the chief minister of Kerala. How significant are these judgements with respect to service conduct rules of govt employees and what impact will it have on the implementation of these rules ?