Scenes in film `Innocence of Muslims' blocked on Web: Police

Scenes in film `Innocence of Muslims' blocked on Web: Police

The Cyber Crime Investigation cell of Mumbai police's Crime Branch today informed the Bombay High Court that on police's request, video-sharing portal Youtube (a Google subsidiary), had blocked "objectionable scenes" in the controversial anti-Islam film `The Innocence of Muslims'.

However, Youtube could not provide the IP addresses from where the film was uploaded as addresses were located outside India, said inspector Ravi Sardesai in his affidavit on a petition seeking removal of the film from the Internet.

For this, the process of Letter Rogatory was being initiated (whereby assistance of foreign judicial system is sought), he said.

Additional Solicitor General Kevic Setalvad, who represented the Union Government, sought time to file his reply, so the the matter was adjourned to October 17 by Justice Sharad Bobade and Justice Rajesh Ketkar.

Cyber Crime Cell says in the affidavit that it is closely monitoring Internet sites and taking utmost efforts to ensure that such objectionable content is deleted or blocked.
The film, made in USA, recently sparked off violent protests in the middle-east and also in Pakistan.

The PIL by local Congress member Ameen Mustafa Idrisi also demands criminal action against top officers of Google for letting the film that hurt the religious feelings of Muslims across the world to be online.