As soon as the Supreme Court quashed Section 66A of the Information Technology Act on Tuesday, there was a tizzy on micro-blogging site Twitter with renowned Bollywood filmmakers like Madhur Bhandarkar and Sanjay Gupta welcoming the verdict and saying it would further the freedom of expression.
The court held that Section 66A violated Article 19(1)(a) of the constitution that guaranteed freedom of speech and expression.
Bhandarkar, who has helmed films like ‘Fashion’, ‘Page 3’ and ‘Corporate’ on societal issues, said that the verdict stands true to the principles of a democratic nation.
Wohoo. A shot in the arm for Freedom of Expression. Thank you to all those who raised the case, and the Supreme Court for this. #Sec66A
— Gul Panag (@GulPanag) March 24, 2015
Net freedom establishes the faith not just in our system but also faith in the youth of our country. Well done Shreya Singhal. #Section66A
— Ayushmann Khurrana (@ayushmannk) March 24, 2015
Hurray! Victory for free speech as SC strikes down Section 66A of IT Act @firstpostin http://t.co/m9PJtTFz2O
— Konkona Sensharma (@konkonas) March 24, 2015
Shatruon… Phreedom of speech! Phreedom of speech! What about Phreedom of Dictator?! #Sec66A
— Shirish Kunder (@ShirishKunder) March 24, 2015
— Shekhar Kapur (@shekharkapur) March 24, 2015
66a gone… Great news! The Supreme Court seems to be the only hope!
— Punit Malhotra (@punitdmalhotra) March 24, 2015
Madhur Bhandarkar tweeted:
Landmark judgement by Hon Supreme Court as it strikes down Sec 66A of IT Act. Freedom of thought & expression rightly upheld in a democracy.
— Madhur Bhandarkar (@imbhandarkar) March 24, 2015
Where as ‘Shootout at Wadala’ filmmaker Sanjay Gupta posted:
Sec66A S C R A P P E D. Now this is good news.
— Sanjay Gupta (@_SanjayGupta) March 24, 2015
Others to welcome the judgement were Pritish Nandy. He wrote:
Section 66A of the IT Act, the noxious, draconian law has been struck down by the Supreme Court. Restores our faith in democracy.
— Pritish Nandy (@PritishNandy) March 24, 2015
And celebrated writer Chetan Bhagat, who raised the bar by churning out bestsellers like “Five Point Someone”, “The 3 Mistakes of My Life”, and “2 States” and most of his novels have been adapted into successful movies. He tweeted:
Glad to know that I live in a free country. No #Sec66A as SC strikes it down. Super happy. Go on, troll away.
— Chetan Bhagat (@chetan_bhagat) March 24, 2015
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