SC VERDICT OVER SECTION 66A OF IT ACT LEAVES POLITICIANS DISAPPOINTED
New Delhi : On Tuesday, Supreme Court has quashed the section 66A of Information and Technology Act,2000 after hearing a PIL against this section. A bench comprising the Justice R F Nariman and J Chelameswar delivered this verdict that Section 66A of IT Act is vague in nature and termed it as unconstitutional since it challenges the implication of Indian Constitution’s Article 19(1) where in every citizen of India has got the freedom of Speech and expression.
Recently, a class 12th boy in Muradabad of UP was arrested and detained for 2 days in jail due to his post on the social media against the Samajwadi Party’s Minister Azam Khan. In this case UP Police registered an FIR immediately on the written complaint of a person who is an absconder in another case and arrested the 19 years old boy immediately under section 66A of IT Act under which he can be awarded a sentence of upto 3 years along with Fine.
There is a huge list of such victims who have been undergoing through strict actions of police under the instructions of Politicians. Major cases came into limelight pertaining to arrest under this section are –
Aseem Trivedi who is a cartoonist and he expressed the level of corruption in system ,
Shaheen Dhada for allegedly posting on social media against Shiv Sena’s call for Mumbai bandh and Rinu Sriniwasan for just liking this post and many more.
Ravi Sriniwasan for posting on twitter against Karti Chidambaram , son of P. Chidambaram.
Ambikesh Mahapatra for posting against Mamta Banerjee
But after a fight of a couple of years, Miss Shreya Singhal, a law student who filed a PIL in the Supreme Court against the constitutional validity of Section 66A and finally won this legal battle is eyeing this verdict as a massive relief for those victims who have suffered a lot for raising their voice on the social media against the malpractices in the society.
Supreme Court’s order for quashing this Section 66A will give a moral boost to those citizens of India who wants to bring a change in the system of our society where everyone can express their feelings unless there is a content which can hamper the dignity of any religion or harmony of India.