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Case Against Bharti Airtel For Sending Obscene Texts To Customer Goes To Trial As Madras HC Denies Quashing Criminal Proceedings

Lawstreet Journal 7 Feb 2020 3:32am

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Judiciary Case Against Bharti Airtel For Sending Obscene Texts To Customer Goes To Trial As Madras HC Denies Quashing Criminal Proceedings

Major Telecom Company Bharti Airtel has to face trial as the High Court of Madras on 5th February 2020 denied to quash the criminal proceeding which was initiated against the company because of obscene messages received by a customer. 

While dismissing the plea, Justice P Velmurugan also directed the chief judicial magistrate in Egmore to carry one the trial according to the law and complete it within four months.

A police complaint was lodged by advocate V S Suresh in 2011 against the company and its former chief executive officer Rajiv Rajgopalan as the company couldn’t stop the obscene messages received by him even after various complaints. On the basis of this complaint, the cyber cell of Central Crime Branch (CCB) registered an FIR under Section 92, 292A (distribution of obscene contents) & 294 Indian Penal Code, 1860 & Sections 3, 4 & 6 of Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act, 1986 & Sections 2, 3 & 6 of the Young Persons (Harmful Publications) Act, 1956.

After investigation, CCB prepared a chargesheet in 2013 after which the magistrate ordered summons to the accused. Then the company filed a petition asking to set aside the criminal proceeding.

While backing their petition, the company’s counsel said that “The Company is only a service provider and has no role in sending such messages as it has no occasion to see the messages transferred from one customer to another.” He further added that “The messages said to have been received by Suresh were also not obscene as… Continue Reading...


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