Published: Friday, May 17, 2013

No arrest for posts on social sites without permission: India SC

The Supreme Court today ruled that no person should be arrested for posting objectionable comments on social networking sites without prior approval from an officer of the Inspector General of Police-rank.
The court also directed all states and union territories to comply with the order.
The apex court’s vacation bench of Justice BS Chauhan and Justice Dipak Misra passed the order after hearing a plea by Shreya Singhal, who had petitioned the court against the arrest of an activist Jaya Vindhyalaya (who has since been released) under provisions of the IT Act on a complaint filed by an Andhra Pradesh MLA.
Jaya Vindhayala, general secretary of People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) in Andhra Pradesh, has been arrested under Section 66A of the IT Act for posting comments on the social networking site against former Andhra Pradesh chief minister and Tamil Nadu governor K Rosaiah and Congress MLA Krishna Mohan from Chirala in Prakasam district.
Jaya, an advocate, was arrested in Andhra’s Prakasam district and has been sent to 12 days’ judicial custody.