Advocate Sushila
GOVERNMENT DIRECTS STATES TO REFRAIN FROM CRIMINALIZING OFFENSIVE SPEECH OVER INTERNET
Advocate Sushila Ram 17 Jul 2021

GOVERNMENT DIRECTS STATES TO REFRAIN FROM CRIMINALIZING OFFENSIVE SPEECH OVER INTERNET

Recently, the 3-Judge Bench of the Hon’ble #SupremeCourt in the case of the People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) vs. Union of India and others (2021), issued a notice to the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India with respect to the compliance of the Judgment dated 24-03-2015 in the case of Shreya Singhal vs Union of India & Ors., [(2015) 5 SCC 1], which struck down Section 66A of the Information Technology Act, 2000 (“#ITAct”) that #criminalizes #offensive #speech over #internet.


In this regard, recently, the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India (“MHA”) has issued an advisory to the Chief Secretaries and Director Generals of Police of all States vide Notification No. 21021/46/2016-1S-II/M dated 14-07-2021 (“Notification”). The Notification requested the Chief Secretaries and Director Generals of Police of all States, to direct all the police stations not to register cases under the repealed Section 66A of the IT Act. It further directed all the States and Union Territories to immediately withdraw all such cases that have been filed under Section 66A of the IT Act.


To read more, please visit the link below:


https://theindianlawyer.in/government-directs-states-to-refrain-from-criminalizing-offensive-speech-over-internet/


#supremecourt #government #criminalise #offensivespeech #internet #shreyasinghalcase #

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