The petitioner had alleged that without being able to trace the origin of WhatsApp messages, law enforcement agencies could not identify any criminal or antinational.
The Kerala High Court on Monday dismissed a petition seeking a ban on WhatsApp stating that it was premature, The Economic Times reported. Petitioner Omanakuttan KG, a software professional, had argued that WhatsApp has not yet conformed to the traceability mandate of the Information Technology (IT) Rules, 2021, posing a potential threat to national interest and national security. “We are not inclined to entertain any of the prayers sought for, we are dismissing the writ petition,” the court said.
In dismissing the petition, a division bench comprising Chief Justice S Manikumar and Justice Shaji P Chaly said that it “should be the job of investigating agencies and courts to decide whether messages from WhatsApp were manipulated by users to not be used as evidence,” the report stated. This was in response to the petitioner alleging that the messages and media shared on the platform can be manipulated by a layman to cause unrest in society and since traceability is not enabled, any criminal or antinational using the app cannot be identified by law enforcement agencies.
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