New Delhi: Expressing concern over the arrest of a 21-year-old girl for posted comments against shutdown of Mumbai on social networking website Facebook, Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal on Monday said that Maharashtra Police mishandled the law and it's illegal to arrest people like this. He further said said the IT Act should not be used to 'throttle dissent'.
"I am deeply saddened (by the arrest of the two girls). It is just their point of view and enforcement of these laws are not to ban people from expressing their views," Sibal told CNN-IBN.
He said sending people booked under Section 66(A) to judicial custody is not in accordance with law and suggested that it could be 'illegal'.
Sibal said the law itself says it is a non-bailable offence and if a person is arrested under it, he should be given bail immediately. He said there was a need to educate enforcement agencies on how not to misuse the law and how better it can be enforced....more
09:20 PM, Nov 19, 2012
Mumbai: A 21-year-old girl, who posted comments against Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray on social networking website Facebook, was arrested by the police. A friend of the girl was also arrested for liking the anti-Thackeray comment by the police in connection with the case. However, the girl and her friend were later released on bail after they were produced before a local court. The girl hails from Palghar in Thane...
04:29 PM, Nov 19, 2012