Blocking Free Speech; by all means necessary, aka, no cheer for democracy

In a well reasoned article published in The Wire, Supreme Court Advocate Prasanna S examined the legal background to what was reportedly an order from the Government of India to the company managing the social media platform Twitter to take down (block public access to) tweets posted (by individuals or corporate accounts) regarding the publication of a two-part documentary by the BBC.

It is relevant to point out that access to the documentary itself was also blocked, but this was by restricting access to anyone in India (location data can be used to block internet traffic: the routers managing such traffic to India can be configured to block access to a particular URL; in this case, each URL for the pair of web pages carrying the two videos and their associated editorial descriptions). This is an action that can be directed by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITy), and is a separate topic from this discussion.

Prasanna points out:

Unfortunately, the company in fact did, reportedly, carry out such actions, against tweets that provided or publicised ‘workarounds’ or alternative links from where the documentary could be viewed.
Responding to the article, retd (Allahabad High Court) Justice Amar Saran comments (quoted in full with permission):