Social Media is an amazing way of freedom of expression. Facebook Page ‘Spirit of Telangana’ run by few NRIs posted a video exposing the scam related to Suryapet Collectorate recently. Video reached quite a few people in and around Suryapet.
Vilekhari posted an article on the scam. Looks like the concerned people are upset with the video and ordered authorities to arrest the admin Prashant, of the Facebook Page. It’s absolutely an act to curb ‘Freedom of speech’ right given by the constitution. Police however released Prashant with political pressure from Congress Leadership. Ramreddy Sarvottam Reddy, Uttam Padmavathi, Anil Yadav, Indian National Overseas Members helped Prashant to come out with no case being registered on him.
IT act 66A clearly says:
“Any person who sends, by means of a computer resource or a communication device
(a) any information that is grossly offensive or has menacing character; or
(b) any information which he knows to be false, but for the purpose of causing annoyance, inconvenience, danger, obstruction, insult, injury, criminal intimidation, enmity, hatred or ill will, persistently by making use of such computer resource or a communication device,
(c) any electronic mail or electronic mail message for the purpose of causing annoyance or inconvenience or to deceive or to mislead the addressee or recipient about the origin of such messages, shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years and with fine.”
Section 66A provides punishment for sending offensive messages through communication services.
These messages may be any information created, transmitted or received on a computer system, resource or device including attachments in the form of…
• Any other electronic record which may be transmitted with the message
The law targets messages that…
• Are grossly offensive or menacing
• Proffer false information intending to cause annoyance, inconvenience, intimidation, insult, obstruction, etc.,
• Are intended at deceiving the addressee about the origin of the message
The law was amended in 2008 and received Presidential assent on February 5, 2009.
SC strikes down ‘draconian’ Section 66A
Section 66A of the Information Technology Act is unconstitutional in its entirety, the Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday striking down a “draconian” provision that had led to the arrests of many people for posting content deemed to be “allegedly objectionable” on the Internet.
Act as published in TheHindu.