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Poll: Section 66A scrapped: Will it lead to unchecked abuse online?

The SC on Tuesday upheld free speech online as it struck down the section 66A of the Information Technology Act, 2000. The court said that the controversial section was being misused by the police to arrest those who posted their opinion on websites.

india Updated: Mar 24, 2015 14:12 IST
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The Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down a controversial law that made posting "offensive" comments online a crime punishable by jail, after a long campaign by defenders of free speech.

The Supreme Court said the 2009 amendment to India's Information Technology Act known as section 66A was unconstitutional and a restriction on freedom of speech.

First Published: Mar 24, 2015 12:33 IST