Supreme Court to examine Section 66A of the IT Act ?

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  1. LurkerBaba

    LurkerBaba Staff Administrator

    Jul 2, 2010
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    The Supreme Court on Thursday admitted a public interest litigation seeking amendment to the Information Technology Act.

    Also, a bench headed by Chief Justice Altamas Kabir said that it was considering to take suo motu cognisance of recent incidents and wondered why nobody had so far challenged the particular provision of the IT Act.

    Taking the case on urgent basis, the bench agreed to hear the PIL filed by a Delhi student Shreya Singhal.

    Shreya has contended in her plea that "the phraseology of Section 66A of the IT Act, 2000 is so wide and vague and incapable of being judged on objective standards, that it is susceptible to wanton abuse and hence falls foul of Article 14, 19 (1)(a) and Article 21 of the Constitution."

    She has submitted that "unless there is judicial sanction as a prerequisite to the setting into motion the criminal law with respect to freedom of speech and expression, the law as it stands is highly susceptible to abuse and for muzzling free speech in the country."

    Supreme Court admits PIL questioning Sec66A of the IT Act - India - DNA
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  3. parijataka

    parijataka Senior Member Senior Member

    Oct 15, 2011
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    Great move by this girl. Students (who have too much time on their hands) can take use this way to express their views/opposition on social/political issues.

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