May 162013
 

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The Supreme Court orders that no person should be arrested for posting objectionable comments on social networking sites without taking prior permission from senior police officials.

It said the court cannot pass an order for banning all arrest in such cases as operation of section 66A (pertaining to objectionable comments) of the Information Technology Act has not been stayed by the apex court which is examining its constitutional validity.

The court’s directions on arrests under Section 66 A of the IT Act came during a hearing on a plea that challenged the arrest of a human rights activist from Andhra Pradtesh who was apprehended last week for posting allegedly defamatory comments against a Congress leader on Facebook.

Ms Singhal had filed her plea challenging Section 66A last year, after two girls were arrested in Thane for their Facebook comment against the shutdown in Mumbai following Shiv Sena leader Bal Thackeray’s death.

Contributed By Sonia Narula

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