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MHA request States & UTs not to register cases under repealed Section 66A of IT Act, 2000

MHA request States & UTs not to register cases under repealed Section 66A of IT Act, 2000

Kohima, July 15 (NEx): The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) requested States and Union Territories (UTs) to direct all police stations under their jurisdiction not to register cases under the repealed Section 66A of the Information Technology Act, 2000.

Section 66A of the IT act reads: “Any person who sends by any means of a computer resource any information that is grossly offensive or has a menacing character; or any information which he knows to be false, but for the purpose of causing annoyance, inconvenience, danger, obstruction, insult shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years and with fine.”

MHA also asked the States and UTs to sensitize law enforcement agencies for the compliance of the order issued by the Supreme Court on March 24, 2015, and to immediately withdraw any case which has been booked in States and UTs under section 66A of the IT Act, 2000.

The Supreme Court in its judgment on March 24, 2015, in the matter of Shreya Singhal Vs. Union of India, had struck down Section 66A of the Information Technology Act, 2000. This made Section 66A of the Information Technology Act, 2000 null and void with effect from the date of the order, and hence no action could be taken under this section.