Continued Use Of Unconstitutional Section 66A IT Act: SC Assures Strict Action Against Officials, Issues Notice To Centre

07 Jan, 2019

The Hon'ble Supreme Court has issued notice to the Center on continued misuse of Section 66A of the Information and Technology Act. It has been observed that more than 22 people have been prosecuted under this section which has already been struck down by the Hon'ble Supreme Court in March, 2015 in Shreya Singhal v. Union of India. The Apex Court had ruled that the provision violated freedom of speech and expression guaranteed by Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution of India and that it did not fall under the reasonable restrictions enunciated under Article 19 (2). The top lawyers / advocate / counsels / attorneys / solicitors etc in the Punjab and Haryana High Court Chandigarh and other adjoining regions like Himachal Pradesh are of the considered view that such mis use of the section 66 A should be stopped by the Center and state authorities and the defaulters should be brought to the books. The law firms in India have taken a serious view on such violations and have been working for the welfare of the general Indian public and the NRIs (Non Resident Indians), PIO etc.