SC issues notice to states on Section 66A of IT Act

3 years ago

New Delhi: The Apex Court taking note of petition challenging constitutional validity of IT Act’s Section 66A issued noticed to the central government and four states.

The petition has sought an explanation on its provisions to take action against people posting annoying and inconvenient comments on social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook and other e-mediums.

Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Altamash Kabir has issued the notice to Delhi, Puducherry, West Bengal and Maharashtra after Attorney General GE Vahanvati told the bench that its provisions are grossly abused.

Petition filed by Delhi Student Shreya Singhal has sought the striking down of Section 66A which was resorted to by the authorities to arrest two young girls: Shaheen Dhanda, 21, who had questioned the Mumbai shutdown after the death of Shiv Sena leader Bal Thackeray on November 17 and her friend Renu Srinivasan who had ‘liked’ the comment on Facebook.

Petitioner maintained that the section was vague and impossible to judge by objective standards, and thus liable to misuse.


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