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Army Member Moves Delhi HC Against 'Draconian' Policy Forcing All Armed Forces Personnel to Remove Their Social Media Profiles Like Twitter, Instagram

Lawstreet Journal 18 Jul 2020 10:34pm

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Judiciary Army Member Moves Delhi HC Against 'Draconian' Policy Forcing All Armed Forces Personnel to Remove Their Social Media Profiles Like Twitter, Instagram

A petition against an order by the Director-General of Military Intelligence was filed before the Delhi High Court, asking all Indian Army personnel to uninstall Facebook, Instagram, and 87 other social media applications.

The petition was filed by a serving lieutenant colonel who, in the absence of access to social media, finds it difficult to communicate with his family residing outside India.

He submitted that from time to time he is using his Facebook account responsibly in compliance with the guidelines provided by the Indian Army, and he has never posted any confidential or sensitive details about his position and duties as an Indian Army officer over Facebook or any other social networking site.

"Soldiers rely on social networking platforms like Facebook to address various issues arising in their families while posted in remote locations and often use the virtual connection to compensate for the physical distance existing between themselves and their families," the plea states.

It is contended that the ban violates various fundamental rights of the Petitioner under the Constitution, including the right to freedom of speech and expression and right to privacy, whereas the power to modify fundamental rights of members of armed forces rests with the Parliament alone.

"Article 33 permits the Parliament, by law, to modify fundamental rights by members of armed forces i.e, Soldiers. The Respondent No.1 is not the Parliament. Ban on use of social networking platforms and order to delete accounts vide the Policy is an attempt by the Respondent No.1 to usurp and assume powers which are vested exclusively with the Parliament in terms of Article 33," the Petitioner argues. Reliance is… Continue Reading...


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