The Supreme Court has struck down the highly controversial Section 66A of the Information & Technology (IT) Law deeming it unconstitutional.
Section 66A has been misused by police and officials in many states in a draconian fashion for alleged offenses against political parties, individual politicians and government institutions. The court decided that the law was unfair and went against the rights of freedom of speech and expression of individuals on the internet.
The Supreme Court was replying to petitions filed by activists and NGOs, prominently law student Shreya Singhal, after arrests of a number of individuals for alleged offensive posts on social networking platforms.
Speaking to ANI after the verdict, Singhal said, “The Supreme Court has upheld citizen’s rights to freedom of speech and expression.”
However, the Supreme Court still upheld the government’s right to block content on the internet that it finds offensive. The government had argued that Section 66 A was required to control content on the internet.