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Jan 10, 2013 at 10:09pm IST

Section 66A of IT Act doesn't infringe on freedom of speech, Centre, Maharashtra tell SC

New Delhi: The controversial section 66A of the Information Technology Act does not infringe on freedom of speech - that's what the Centre and the Maharashtra government told the Supreme Court in their affidavits on the Bal Thackeray Facebook post controversy on Thursday.

The Maharashtra government, however, added that the arrests of the two girls in Palghar, Mumbai, over their Facebook post was unwarranted.

The two girls were arrested for a post denouncing the bandh in Maharashtra after the Shiv Sena supremo's death. They were later released on bail.

'Section 66A of IT Act doesn't infringe on freedom of speech'

The Maharashtra govt, however, added that the arrests of the 2 girls in Palghar over their FB post was unwarranted.

The incident had sparked nationwide outrage who claimed that the IT Act was being misused by those in power to intimidate the citizens.

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