The Centre has asked states and Union Territories to ask all police stations not to register cases under the defunct Section 66A of the Information Technology Act. Any case under the law should be immediately withdrawn, the home ministry said in an order this evening.
The Section – a controversial law that allowed the police to arrest people for posting “offensive” content online – was scrapped by the Supreme Court in a landmark judgment of March 2015 and in a recent hearing, the court expressed shock when it heard that more than 1,000 cases had been filed under it.
“It is shocking. We will issue notice,” a three-member bench of Justices R Nariman, KM Joseph and BR Gavai said. “Amazing. What is going on is terrible,” Justice Nariman had added.