Welcome Guest! You are here: Home » National
Prior approval must to arrest under Section 66A for internet posts: SC
Thursday May 16, 2013 12:50 PM, IANS

The Supreme Court Thursday said no person would be arrested under Section 66A of the IT Act for posting objectionable comments on social networking websites without prior approval from an officer of the Inspector General of Police-rank.

The apex court's vacation bench of Justice B.S. Chauhan and Justice Dipak Misra passed the order after hearing a plea by Shreya Singhal, who had petitioned the court against the arrest of an activist Jaya Vindhyalaya (who has since been released) under provisions of the IT Act on a complaint filed by an Andhra Pradesh MLA.

The People's Union for Civil Liberties activist had allegedly posted derogatory comments on her Facebook timeline on Chirala MLA Amanchi Krisna Mohan and Tamil Nadu Governor K. Rosaiah.

Police had invoked the provisions of Section 66A of the IT Act and Section 120B (Conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code against Vindhyalaya.

Thursday's order came after Additional Solicitor General Siddharth Luthra informed the court that the centre on Jan 9 this year had issued an advisory to the states on the procedure to be followed before police acted on complaints filed under Section 66a of the IT Act.

Section 66A of the Information Technology Act deals with punishment for sending offensive messages through communication service, which cause annoyance, inconvenience, danger, obstruction, insult, injury, criminal intimidation, enmity, hatred, or ill will.




Share this page
 Comments
Note: By posting your comments here you agree to the terms and conditions of www.ummid.com

Comments powered by DISQUS

Advertisement
| Quick links
About ummid.com
Contact us
Feedback
Subscribe to: RSS » Facebook » Twitter » Newsletter
Ummid.com: Disclaimer | Terms of Use | Advertise with us | Link Exchange
Ummid.com is part of the Awaz Multimedia & Publications providing World News, News Analysis and Feature Articles on Education, Health. Politics, Technology, Sports, Entertainment, Industry etc. The articles or the views displayed on this website are for public information and in no way describe the editorial views. The users are entitled to use this site subject to the terms and conditions mentioned.
© 2012 Awaz Multimedia & Publications. All rights reserved.