Section 66A of the IT Act provides for a three-year jail term for a range of offences including sending messages of a “menacing character” and “causing annoyance or inconvenience”.
Sibal said the arrests were a "gross misuse of the provision", adding that what is required is a "reasonable law which is exercised reasonably".
"We can’t have the law scrapped as it has been misused," Sibal told HT, adding that he has convened a meeting of activists, industry and other stakeholders on November 29 to deliberate on the issue.
"The immense flow of information on the internet is highly empowering for the people. We do not want to interrupt that process," he said.