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Vacation Bench of Delhi High Court Refuses to Grant Interim Relief to Digital News Portals, Re-Notifies Application for Roster Bench

Lawstreet Journal 30 Jun 2021 12:54am

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The vacation bench of the Delhi High Court comprising Justices C Hari Shankar and Subramonium Prasad, refused a stay on the implementation of the IT Rules sought in applications by the Quint and the Wire, stating that it was prima facie not inclined to grant any interim relief for actions against non-compliance with the IT rules.

The bench said, "The matter is pending before the regular division bench, no stay was granted. They are only implementing the notification on which there is no stay. There is no question of interim relief."

Justice Shankar further added that, "Let me make it very clear. All they are doing is implementing the notification. You have only made out the case that they should not have taken coercive action. It is not your case that the implementation is against the Rules."

The court added that as the matter is pending before a division bench and no relief was granted there, it would renotify their application for interim relief for hearing by roster bench.

The petition filed by Ritu Kapur, the Director and Co-Founder of 'The Quint', along with the 'Foundation for Independent Journalism'(a non-profit company which owns 'The Wire'), Founder and Editor-in-Chief of 'The News Minute' Dhanya Rajendran and Founding Editor of 'The Wire' MK Venu, through Advocates Prasanna S and Vinoothna Vinjam contends that the IT Rules 2021 are ultra vires of the Constitution and prayed the rules be declared Unconstitutional on the grounds of being violative of Articles 14, 19(1)(a) and… Continue Reading...


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