A citizen has a right to criticize or comment upon the measures undertaken by the government and its functionaries so long as he does not incite people to violence against the government or with the intention of creating public disorder, the supreme court said while quashing a sedition case registered against journalist Vinod Dua. (Vinod Dua v. Union of India LL 2021 SC 266)
The bench( Justices Uday Umesh Lalit and Vineet Saran) however rejected the prayer that no FIR be registered against a person belonging to the media with at least 10 years of standing unless cleared by the committee as suggested. This would amount to encroachment upon the field reserved for legislature.
Source: Live law