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my petition in supreme court upheld! #transformindia” READ — What next: What happens to Section 66A now Content protection Faisal fariooqui one of the petitioners is founder-CEO of MouthShutcom a user-generated content and consumer review website He had challenged section 66A “This verdict will lead to a transformation of the Indian economy into that of a digital economy Now people have the freedom to post online” he said He explains why he filed the petition: “This rule hit us We started getting legal notices — more than 800 In April 2013 we filed the writ petition and challenged the content removal aspect” About the possibility of hate posts with Section 66A struck down he said: “Most good websites have terms and services… Nobody would like to host libellous content” Cartoonist vs Didi Ambikesh Mahapatra and Aseem Trivedi cartoonists and petitioners Ambikesh Mahapatra a Jadavpur University professor was among the petitioners Mahapatra and his neighbour Subrata Sengupta were arrested for circulating a cartoon that mocked West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in 2012 The cartoon based on a scene from Satyajit Ray’s Sonar Kella showed Mamata pointing at the logo of Indian Railways and telling Mukul Roy: ‘See Mukul Sonar Kella” Roy points to Dinesh Trivedi and exclaims: “That’s an evil man!” Mamata says: “Evil man vanish” The other cartoonist Aseem Trivedi the other cartoonist arrested under 66A in 2012 too was among the petitioners Mumbai police arrested him for cartoons shared on social media that mocked Parliament and corruption in high places One cartoon depicted Parliament as a giant commode and showed in the national emblem wolves rather than lions with the words “Bhrashtameva jayate” instead of “Satyameva jayate” Also charged with sedition Trivedi refused to accept bail until that charge was dropped On March 18 this year the court said that even strongly worded comments used to show disapproval of the government’s actions will not amount to sedition if they do not instigate public to resort to violence READ — ‘Such is its reach (that) its chilling effect on free speech would be total’ Azam Khan reference A Class XI student of Bareilly was arrested by Rampur police in March after he allegedly posted a Facebook comment that was attributed to UP minister Azam Khan The post quotes Azam as having made a communal comment The boy’s was another case that Shreya Singhal took up He was booked under the IT Act’s Section 66A as well as IPC sections relating to promoting enmity and inciting communal tension Later he got bail 12 people & a crossword Eleven students of Sree Krishna College Thrissur as well as their principal were accused under IT Act Section 66A and nine of them were arrested in June 2014 Their case was the subject of a petition by Anoop M K one among the bunch that the Supreme Court had taken up Their online magazine Name was found to have used “objectionable and unsavoury” language against Prime Minister Narendra Modi — in the form of a clue to a crossword puzzle It used Modi’s nickname NaMo as the crossword clue for which the purported solution was an invective They were also accused of defaming Oommen Chandy Rahul Gandhi Shashi Tharoor as well as spiritual leader Mata Amrithanandamayi The students who belonged to the SFI were later released on bail The complaints their friends alleged were lodged by ABVP and KSU activists Author and campaigner Taslima Nasreen too filed a petition against 66A In November 2013 one Hasan Raza Khan Noori Miyan lodged an FIR in Bareilly accusing the Bangladeshi author of hurting religious sentiments of the Muslim community via social media “In India criminals who issue fatwas (edict) against women don’t get punished” read one tweet “Since independence Indian politicians have been seeking help of clerics who don’t respect human rightsfree speech and the Constitution” read another tweet A third went “Indians shd speak up against fanatics who vitiate society & push it backward & politicians who encourage them Else it’s bad news for democracy” The police this year filed a closure report; the court went on to acqui Taslima Compiled by aleesha matharu; Vishnu Varma spoke to Faisal Farooqui Karti’s critic obscene uploads and others 66A got to Tamil Nadu: Twitter Ravivs Karti In October 2012 Ravi Srinivasan owner of a small plastic manufacturing unit in Pondicherry put a post on Twitter saying that P Chidambaram’s son Karti had amassed more wealth than Robert Vadra This would make him “Twitter Ravi” “I put up that post after reading media reports about the wealth of Chidambaram By that evening Karti had sent a complaint from the US by fax message to Pondicherry police” Ravi says “I had no personal or political agenda The next day around 5 am police arrested me under Section 66A from my home near Pondicherry town I only had 16 followers on Twitter then” adds Srinivasan who now has more than 2000 followers “Although I got out on bail the same evening I am still fighting the case I have already spent more than Rs 40000 on this legal battle” says Srinivasan father of two daughters in their twenties as he welcomes the court order Maharashtra: Palghar? OTHER STATES Chandigarh: 75 cases under 66A.

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