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What next: What happens to Section 66A now?

Can anything be posted now on social media? No.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
Updated: March 26, 2015 2:12:40 am
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What happens to Section 66A now?
Section 66A no longer exists in the IT Act.

What about pending cases under Sec 66A?
Cases where only Section 66A was invoked will be deemed nullified and charges will be dropped once applications are moved. But cases in which charges under IPC, other laws were also invoked will continue.

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What can the government do next?
It can either accept the verdict or amend the Act to insert a new provision, similar to Section 66A but bereft of deficiencies cited by the court.

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Can anything be posted  now on social media?

No. While contentious social media posts will not attract Section 66A any further, penal provisions relating to defamation, obscenity, mischief, public disorder, etc remain.

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