SC shocked over usage of IT Act (66A) against people even after it has been scrapped

New Delhi: The Apex Court has expressed astonishment over the use of scrapped 66A of Information Technology Act against the people by investigating agencies.

The SC wondered can the act still be used against any person when the SC itself has scrapped the act six years ago by describing the provision as unconstitutional and against free speech.

A bench of Justices R F Nariman, K M Joseph, and B R Gavai issued notice to the Centre on an application filed by NGO, ‘Peoples Union For Civil Liberties (PUCL).’

Appearing for PUCL, senior counsel Sanjay Parikh, told the Court about the Act already being scrapped and yet it has been slapped against his client.

He said that even after scrapping the Act more cases got added by the investigating agencies and presently 570 cases are still pending.

He appealed the SC to direct the Centre to collect the information related to the number of cases filed under the scrapped section.

Responding to this, the SC directed the Centre to file its response in two weeks.

Section 66A was struck down on March 24, 2014, by the Supreme Court, after it was first challenged by a law student named Shreya Singhal.

She was knocking on the doors of the top court after two young women were arrested in Mumbai in 2012 for posting comments critical of the total shutdown in the city after the death of Shiv Sena.


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