Agency can’t retain accused’s Social Media credentials: Karnataka High Court

Team SoOLEGAL 26 Nov 2020 4:26pm

Agency can’t retain accused’s Social Media credentials: Karnataka High Court

Karnataka High Court has directed that no investigation agency shall retain the user id and password of any social networking site of any accused. This particular direction was given after hearing a petition which was filed by Rakesh Shetty, managing director of a private Kannada news channel, requesting to quash the FIR which was filed against him.

Justice Suraj Govindaraj was hearing the petition and was of the view that, an investigation agency can download various data relating to the investigation from the accused’s social networking site, but after that it is mandatory for that investigati on agency to return the site with changed credentials.

In that particular petition, the complainant contested the FIR, reported by the police of KP Agrahara, against him. It was registered by the contractor on charges of bribery and other crimes, after the news channel screened a series of episodes in September, in which corruption/illegal financial transactions were made against some person. 

The Court rejected the petition for quashing the FIR by stating that no document has been shown which proves that the particular crimes are not committed.

The investigation agency was directed to provide new credentials of the social networking site and return the same to accused person with the seized equipments. 

Tagged: Karnataka High Court   Social Media   Rakesh Shetty   Kannada news channel   Justice Suraj Govindaraj  
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