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SC says Section 66A of IT Act Unconstitutional

New Delhi, March 24: In a landmark judgment, the Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down Section 66A of IT Act saying it as "Unconstitutional". In an order, the apex court said that the Act is violative of Article 19(1)(a), not saved by Article 19(2).

The court observed that this law stands as an obstruction to the liberty and freedom of speech and expression. Hence, the section should be erased from the law books.

The hearing came on a PIL filed in 2012 by a law student Shreya Singhal seeking amendment in Section 66A of the Act after two girls Shaheen Dhada and Rinu Shrinivasan were arrested in Palghar in Thane district for making a comment against Mumbai Bandh, which was called by Shiv Sena after the death of its leader Bal Thackeray, and another one was arrested for liking the comment on Facebook.

The order is a blow to the police in Uttar Pradesh where a class 11 student was arrested for allegedly posting objectionable comment that damages the reputation of SP leader Azam Khan.

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