Update: Whistle blower website Savukku.net seems to be blocked for MTNL and BSNL wireline and wireless broadband customers, despite a notice sent by Madras High Court to the Union Department of electronics and information technology (DeitY) asking it to refrain from banning the website. It’s not clear why the website has been blocked despite the High Court notice.
Earlier (Mar 14): Madras High Court has sent a notice to the Union Department of electronics and information technology (DeitY) to refrain from banning the whistle blower website Savukku.net after a PIL was filed, reports The Hindu. Madras High Court had earlier directed the Group Coordinator (Joint Secretary), Cyber Law Division in the Union Department of Information Technology to ban the website within ten days.
The PIL, filed by senior journalist T N Gopalan contended the order, by saying that it appeared to have been passed suo motu exercising its inherent powers. He claims that the proper procedure statutorily prescribed by the Central Government for blocking access of information by public, was not followed in this case in violation of Articles 14, 19(1) (a) of the constitution.
He also pointed out that the petitioner had only sought an order directing the police to register a case, alleging that some defamatory articles had been published in the website against her.
In its order Justice Selvam had then noted that the decision was made because the website damaged the reputation and status of not less than half a dozen judges, many advocates, IAS and IPS officers. However, in an interview with TheNewsMinute, Savukku Shankar alias Achimuthu Shankar, who runs the website, claimed that he was being targeted for publishing 2G tapes, which alleged had conversations between DMK MP Kanimozhi, Former TN Intelligence Chief Jaffer Sait and Kalaignar TV MD Sharad Kumar. The judge also told the TheNewsMinute that he found the contents demeaning and that’s why the interim order was passed.
It is worth noting that the the judge had earlier pulled up police for failing to control the site from publishing derogatory articles against judges and directed them to arrest one person the owner of the website. The police had then arrested the designer of the website and his counsel had argued that a different judge try the case as there were articles against Judge Selvam also on savukku.net.