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Updated: MP Moves Motion In Rajya Sabha For Annulment Of India’s IT Rules; What Happens Next

Updated below March 26th 2012: P.Rajeeve, a Rajya Sabha MP from Kerala, and a member of the Communist Part of India (Marxist), has moved a motion in the Rajya Sabha for the annulment of the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines) Rules 2011, and that the Rajya Sabha recommend that this motion also be recommended to the Lok Sabha. The Rajya Sabha's bulltetin reads: 'The following Motion given notice of by Shri P.Rajeeve, M.P. has been admitted in the following form: "That this House resolves that the Information Technology (Intermediaries Guidelines) Rules, 2011 issued under clause (zg) of sub-section (2) of Section 87 read with sub-section (2) of Section 79 of the Information Technology Act, 2000 published in the Gazette of India dated the 13th April, 2011 vide Notification No. G.S.R 314(E) and laid on the Table of the House on the 12th August, 2011, be annuled; and That this House recommends to Lok Sabha that Lok Sabha do concur on this Motion." No:49471' This is the second instance of a member of Parliament speaking out against the IT Rules: On the 6th of September 2011, Jayant Chaudhary had pointed out issues with the IT Rules and had called for a review, but we're not quite sure of what happened after that. It remains to be seen whether the Kerala MP's motion leads to the Rajya Sabha annulling the IT Rules. It's also worth noting that, earlier this month, a public interest litigation was been filed in the Kerala High Court, challenging their…

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