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Nov 30, 2012 at 01:23pm IST

SC admits cartoonist Aseem Trivedi's plea against Section 66(A) of IT Act

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has admitted cartoonist Aseem Trivedi's plea against the controversial Section 66(A) of the Information Technology Act. Trivedi had been arrested in Mumbai in September on sedition charges for allegedly mocking the Constitution. He said the law is being misused to curb freedom.

My plea has been accepted. Section 66(A) is being used to harass people. We have a right to freedom of expression. This section must be removed," Aseem said.

This comes on a day when the Supreme Court issued notices to the Centre, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Delhi and Puducherry governments over another petition filed by a Delhi University student, Shreya Singhal, challenging the Information Technology Act. The court has asked Maharashtra to explain arrest of the two Palghar girls over Facebook comments on late Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray.

The Attorney General, in his response to the petition, told the apex court that the arrest of the girls was unjustified. The Attorney General said the arrests were wrong, but Section 66(A) of the IT Act need not be scrapped.

Reacting to the court's action, the petitioner, Shreya Singhal, said, "I am happy with the SC response. Freedom of speech is utmost important and that should be protected."