Press Esc to close
Sunday 01 February 2015
News updated at 12:17 AM IST
Weather
Max: 28°C
Min : 17°C
In Bengaluru
Sunny day

Apex court sets terms for arrest under IT Act

New Delhi, May 16, 2013, (PTI) :
File Photo

The Supreme Court on Thursday ordered that no person should be arrested for posting “objectionable” comments on networking sites sans permission from senior police officers.

A bench of justices B S Chauhan and Dipak Misra, however, refused to put a blanket ban on such arrests.

The court said the Centre’s January 9 advisory, which stated that a person should not be arrested without permission from IG, DCP or SP level officers under Section 66A of the Information Technology (IT) Act, should be complied with.

“We direct the state governments to ensure compliance with the guidelines before  any arrest,” the bench said.

The court also said it cannot restrain states from arresting people since the challenged provision has not been stayed by a separate bench examining its constitutional validity.

The court was hearing an interlocutory application filed by law student Shreya Singhal in her PIL already pending before the Supreme Court. She sought a restrain order barring authorities from taking coercive action in such cases till verdict was pronounced.

The plea was filed in the wake of the arrest and subsequent release of PUCL leader Jaya Vindhyalaya by the Andhra Pradesh Police.

Acting on a complaint filed by Mohan, the police invoked Section 66A of the IT Act and Section 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code.

Singhal filed the PIL last year following the arrest of Shaheen Dhada and Rinu Shrinivasan in Palghar, Thane district, under Section 66A of the IT Act.




Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Madhuri Dixit Nene during the launch of a jewellery showroom at Panvel in Mumbai...

Madhuri Dixit Nene during the launch of a jewellery showroom at Panvel in Mumbai...

GOC, White Knight Corps, K H Singh interacting with participants of tour in Doda...

GOC, White Knight Corps, K H Singh interacting with participants of tour in Doda...

Delhi Waveriders and Punjab Warriors players in action during the HIL match in New Delhi...

Delhi Waveriders and Punjab Warriors players in action during the HIL match in New Delhi...

Union Ministry Minister of Drinking Water and Sanitation during his visit at Barlah Water Project...

Union Ministry Minister of Drinking Water and Sanitation during his visit at Barlah Water Project...

Devotees shower flowers on the 42-ft-tall monolithic statue of Lord Bahubali...

Devotees shower flowers on the 42-ft-tall monolithic statue of Lord Bahubali...

Chandrababu Naidu, Ministers and senior officers participate in a three-day workshop...

Chandrababu Naidu, Ministers and senior officers participate in a three-day workshop...

School students participate in a grand Swami Vivekananda Walkathon at Marina beach in Chennai...

School students participate in a grand Swami Vivekananda Walkathon at Marina beach in Chennai...

Lebanese artists perform during a press preview for the 29th International Crafts Mela...

Lebanese artists perform during a press preview for the 29th International Crafts Mela...

School Students make a formation in the shape of 'READ FOR FUTURE' at a school...

School Students make a formation in the shape of 'READ FOR FUTURE' at a school...

Garo Wangala Troops perform during a Cultural Rally to mark the 53rd Anniversary of Dudhnoi...

Garo Wangala Troops perform during a Cultural Rally to mark the 53rd Anniversary of Dudhnoi...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523