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Electorate Has Right to Know About 'Behind Curtains Meetings’ Of Politicians: Delhi HC [READ ORDER]

Lawstreet Journal 5 Jun 2020 4:23pm

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The Delhi High Court has ruled in the case of Sasikala Pushpa v. Facebook India & Ors. that the electorate has a right to know about the “behind curtains meetings” of a politician. 

Sasikala Pushpa had filed suit for the removal of her photographs with a male political rival from social media. Judgment to this effect was passed by a Single Judge Bench of Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw of on June 02, 2020.


Background of the case: 

The suit was instituted against (i) Facebook Inc., (ii) Google LLC, (iii) YouTube LLC, (iv) Union of India, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, and (v) Union of India, Department of Telecommunications, for permanent injunction restraining not only the defendants but other persons from publishing, broadcasting, distributing or disseminating in any form any defamatory material ―including the purported photographs/video/audio messages relating to or arising from, in connection with any alleged acts or behavior relatable to the plaintiff. Mandatory injunction directing the defendants and all others to remove/delete the false, concocted, and fabricated photographs/videos/audio messages or any other material was also sought by the petitioner. 

The petitioner was a sitting Member of Rajya Sabha of the AIADMK party at the time of the institution of the suit. The plaintiff had August 01, 2016, informed the Parliament that she was continuously receiving threats and baseless and false allegations were being made against her; one such threat was of distribution of photographs and video on social media defaming and embarrassing her. She had also submitted before the Court that she had learned that few… Continue Reading...

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