The Delhi High Court Wednesday directed the Centre to provide “concrete and clear-cut answers” to its queries regarding evolving of an email policy for government departments as well as taxation of websites like Facebook and Google for services offered by them in India.
“What about your email policy? How long will it remain under consideration? Data is going all over the world… We want to put an end to these issues,” a bench of justices Badar Durrez Ahmed and Siddharth Mridul said. “Please be ready on next date of hearing to address the issues raised by him (petitioner),” the court told Additional Solicitor General Sanjay Jain.
The ASG initially told the court the email policy would be ready by end of November 2014 but then added that efforts would be made to expedite the process. Advocate Virag Gupta, appearing for petitioner K N Govindacharya, said the government be directed to use only NIC servers for sending official emails, instead of using the services of foreign sites like Google. After the brief arguments, the court listed the matter for further hearing on October 30.