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IT Rules 2021: Delhi HC grants govt more time to file reply, denies interim relief to The Quint and The Wire

Among other things, the new IT Rules require news organisations to appoint a grievance officer who reviews and disposes of complaints from readers or viewers of online news.  The Delhi High Court today denied interim relief from coercive action against non-compliance with the new Information Technology (Intermediaries Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021 to news media organisations The Wire and The Quint, according to a report by LiveLaw.  The government had requested more time to file a counter-affidavit against their petition, which challenges the constitutionality of the IT rules, following which senior advocate Nitya Ramakrishnan representing the media portals asked for interim relief until the next hearing. Accepting the government’s request, the division bench comprising Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh posted the matter for hearing on August 20 but denied the petitioners any relief. However,…

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