The Centre on Wednesday requested the states to direct their police to not register instances underneath the repealed Part 66A of the Data Know-how Act, 2000 associated to posting on-line feedback.
The Supreme Courtroom in 2015 had struck down the controversial Part 66A of the IT Act that made posting “offensive” feedback on-line a criminal offense punishable by jail, after a protracted marketing campaign by defenders of free speech.
Nevertheless, lately, the apex court docket had mentioned that it was stunning that the judgment placing down the legislation has not been applied even now.
The Ministry of Dwelling Affairs (MHA) has requested states and Union Territories (UTs) to direct all police stations underneath their jurisdiction to not register instances underneath the repealed Part 66A of the Data Know-how Act, 2000, a house ministry assertion mentioned.
The ministry mentioned it has additionally requested the states and UTs to sensitise legislation enforcement companies for the compliance of the order issued by the Supreme Courtroom on March 24, 2015.
The MHA has additionally requested that if any case has been booked in states and UTs underneath part 66A of the IT Act, 2000, such instances ought to be instantly withdrawn.
The Supreme Courtroom in its judgment on March 24, 2015 within the matter of Shreya Singhal Vs. Union of India had struck down Part 66A of the Data Know-how Act, 2000. This made Part 66A of the Data Know-how Act, 2000 null and void with impact from the date of the order and therefore no motion could possibly be taken underneath this part.
The part of the legislation gives police energy to arrest an individual for posting “offensive” content material on-line and gives for a three-year jail time period.
The Supreme Courtroom early this month issued a discover to the Centre on the usage of Part 66A of the IT Act and mentioned that it was stunning that the judgment placing down the legislation has not been applied even now.