Section 66A: Seven instances of alleged abuse on social media

Here are some of the instances in the past where 66A was slapped against those who posted "offensive" content on social media.

By: Express News Service | Updated: March 24, 2015 12:01 pm
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Supreme Court of India on Tuesday scrapped Section 66A of the Information Technology Act. Here are some of the incidents in the past where Section 66A was slapped against those who “posted” offensive messages on social media platforms:

Youth held for ‘objectionable’ FB post against Azam Khan 

azam-khan Azam Khan

A Class XI student from Bareilly was arrested by Rampur police for sharing an “objectionable” post on Facebook against senior Samajwadi party leader and state Urban Development Minister Azam Khan. A team of crime branch sleuths picked him up from his house Monday and he had been remanded in judicial custody for 14 days.

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FIR filed against Owaisi over Delhi hate speech

MIM president Asaduddin Owaisi MIM president Asaduddin Owaisi

An FIR has been lodged against All-India Majlis Ittehadul Muslimin (AIMIM) leader and MP Asaduddin Owaisi by Delhi police on the directions by a city court for his alleged “hate speech” in June last year. The FIR includes charges under Section 153 A (promoting enmity between groups), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace) and 120B (criminal conspiracy ) as well as sections 66A, 66F and 67 of the IT Act that relate to “objectionable” speech and cyber terrorism.

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FIR against author Taslima Nasreen on cleric’s complaint

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An FIR has been lodged against controversial Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasree for allegedly hurting religious sentiments (on Twitter) following a complaint by a prominet Muslim cleric in Bareilly district of Uttar Pradesh.

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Two girls arrested for Facebook post questioning ‘Bal Thackeray shutdown’ of Mumbai, get bail

Two girls were arrested over their Facebook post questioning the shutdown in the city for Shiv Sena patriarch Bal Thackeray’s funeral with the comment also leading to an attack on the clinic of an uncle of one of them by Sena activists.

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Cartoonist Aseem Trivedi charged with sedition ready to surrender

Charged with sedition and insulting national emblems in his cartoons, Aseem Trivedi — a political cartoonist based in Kanpur — claims he will travel to Mumbai and surrender to the police in a couple of days. The Mumbai Police’s cyber wing had blocked Trivedi’’s website, http://www.cartoonsagainstcorruption.com,last December, sparking a debate on freedom of expression in India.

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Kerala youth arrested for posting abusive Facebook comments against Modi

A Kerala youth was arrested on charges of posting abusive comments and photos on Facebook against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The case was registered against Rajeesh at Anchal police limits in Kollam district on Tuesday after he had posted three abusive posts on Facebook. An RSS worker had complained against Rajeesh – a local CPI (M) worker.

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Two arrested for e-mail showing Pinarayi’s ‘mansion’

The Kerala Police cyber cell on Sunday arrested two youths on charges of circulating an e-mail, which contained a picture of a palatial mansion, wrongly attributed to CPM Politburo member and state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan.

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No case in hand, cops asked JU prof’essors neighbours if cartoon ‘disturbed’ them

Senior Kolkata Police officers are learnt to have called up as many as 62 members of the New Garia Housing Society to find out if they were “disturbed” after receiving an e-mail carrying a cartoon of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee sent by the residential society’s Jadavpur University professor Ambikesh Mahapatra.

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