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Cases cannot be registered under scrapped Section 66A of IT Act: Centre tells Supreme Court Supreme Court

Cases cannot be registered under scrapped Section 66A of IT Act: Centre tells Supreme Court

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 14 Jul 2021, 11:49 pm

New Delhi/IBNS: The Centre on Wednesday told the Supreme Court that cases cannot be registered under the defunct Section 66A of the Information Technology Act.

The police should be asked to stop filing such cases.

The Centre further said that any cases under the scrapped law should be immediately withdrawn, the home ministry said in an order this evening.

Section 66A was a controversial law that allowed the police to arrest people for posting "offensive" content online.

The section was scrapped by the Supreme Court in a landmark judgment of March 2015.

In a recent hearing, the court expressed shock when it heard that more than 1,000 cases had been filed under it.

The apex court had struck down the contentious law in 2015 in a bid to maintain the constitutional right to freedom of speech online.