New Delhi: The Supreme Court has postponed the hearing by a week on a petition opposing the trend on social media last year regarding the spread of corona from Tablighi Markaz. The petitioner demands that the court order a ban on hashtags spreading maliciousness on religious grounds. The court today asked the petitioner to first read the new IT rules and tell whether there is such a provision in it or not.
In the petition of Khaja Ejazuddin, a resident of Hyderabad, it has been said that last year there were tweets spreading hatred about the presence of Tablighi Jamaat people in Nizamuddin Markaz. It was shown as if Muslims are spreading corona under a conspiracy. Hashtags were run. But neither Twitter nor the government took any action on this. Therefore, the court should order the government to add rules to the Information Technology Act 2000 that the posts that spread hatred on Islamophobic or religious grounds can be removed.
The matter was taken up in the bench of Chief Justice NV Ramana and Justice AS Bopanna. At the beginning of the hearing, the Chief Justice told the petitioner, “People have forgotten this issue. Why do you want to bring it up for discussion again?” The court also asked whether the petitioner has read the new Information Technology Rules made in 2021. The judges said that provisions have been made in the new rules regarding such cases. Ejazuddin, a lawyer by profession, replied, “The new IT rules do not say anything separately about spreading ill-will on religious grounds.”
The court advised the petitioner to go through the new IT rules. After this the judges adjourned the hearing for a week. The Chief Justice said that the matter will be taken up for further consideration only if the petitioner can assure the court that in fact no provision has been made in the new rules to deal with social media hate content.
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