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Live: Discussion In Rajya Sabha On IT Act Section 66A

Note: lots of typos and grammatical errors below, and we've paraphrased a lot. Pardon us, we were blogging this live, typing super quickly. 1435 hrs: P. Rajeeve highlights cases of arrests, including the Air India employees, Aseem Trivedi, the Karthi Chidambaram case, saying that we can find out several examples. P. Rajeeve says that this is not misuse of the act, but the real usage of the act the way it is drafted. "Media publications have been more critical and published more critical cartoons, but they have not been booked. I'm not demanding that they be booked, because I support the right of free speech and expression. Why isn't this freedom allowed to New Media? If a person just tweets, they can be arrested, and this is unconstitutional. I agree that freedom is not absolute, and there are reasonable restrictions. I'm not against regulation of the Internet, but I'm against the control of the Internet." "Now the minister has some new guidelines. As per the new guidelines, the police officers will have to seek permission from higher ranking officers, but this is a cosmetic change. These guidelines have no backing of law. The subordinate legislation should be in line with the parent act, and not ultra vires. Guidelines cannot overrule the reach of the main legislation. The new guidelines are contradictory to section 78, which allow an inspector the right to investigate. You cannot go beyond the provisions of this Act. Section 81 allows a person not below the rank of an…

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