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Team Anna back to targeting Sibal

delhi Updated: Dec 11, 2011 23:35 IST
HT Correspondent

Team Anna continued its diatribe against telecom minister Kapil Sibal, this time over his moves to "censor" content on Internet and limit the number of SMSes during a day to control its "popular anti-corruption movement".

During a debate at Jantar Mantar on various issues related to the lokpal bill, Team Anna member Arvind Kejriwal attacked Sibal, saying his move to censor Internet had failed to affect the popularity of the anti-corruption movement.

"As for Kapil Sibal, SMS played a big role in our movement, so he changed the telecom policy that more than 200 SMSes cannot be sent from one SIM (in a day)," he said. "Facebook helped our movement, so he tried to restrict Facebook and others...But look at the number of people who have gathered here ... despite the restrictions."

But, government sources said the cap on the number of SMSes was actually a move by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to deter unsolicited messages by telemarketing companies.

Sibal had triggered a controversy among Internet users complaining of censorship after he asked social networking websites, including Facebook, Twitter and Google, to remove offensive material from their websites.

Another team member, Kumar Vishwas, asked Sibal to check his credibility. "He says there are cartoons (on Internet), what can we do if your picture looks like a cartoon? You must check your credibility," he said.

JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav also took potshots at Sibal, saying "I don't want to speak on many things within a short time because I don't want to get caught like Sibal."

They also attacked home minister P Chidambaram and Congress spokesman Abhishek Singhvi, who is also chairman of the parliamentary standing committee that examined the lokpal bill and tabled its report in Parliament on Friday.