Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Officials Will Be Sent To Jail: SC Warning Over Arrests Under 66A

The Supreme Court has said that under section 66A of the IT Act, if any officer is found taking action, he will be sent to jail. Under this Act, there was a provision for punishment in case of offending content on social media or anywhere. Supreme Court has striking it down as unconstitutional in March, 2015 in Shreya Singhal v. Union of India.
The Bench headed by Justice R F Nariman has expressed its displeasure and then issued notice and directed the Centre to file a counter affidavit within 4 weeks.

The petition was filed in court and it was said that despite Section 66A of the IT Act, the action is being taken under that section.
NGO PUCL lawyer Sanjay Parikh told the court that 22 people have been arrested after it was scrapped by the Apex Court in 2015. At that time, rejecting this section, the Supreme Court had said that it is a violation of the right to expression.

At the time of passing the IT Act 2000, the controversial Section 66A was not included. In 2008, the Act was amended to add Section 66A, which was implemented in February 2009.

How dangerous it was

1. A person who sends such information via computer or communication device which is objectionable or whose purpose is to abate the character.
2. Any information that is false, but it can be used to disturb, inconvenience, threaten, humiliate and hurt someone through electronic devices.
3.  Doing so The culprit can be sentenced to two-three years.