By Astha Joshi
The Delhi High Court refused to consider the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking criminal suit against Twitter for exacerbating anti-India propaganda like Khalistan Movement.
The Court said that the plea was based on mere claims, and the Centre was not approached. (Sangeeta Sharma Vs. Union of India)
“Merely because you say something to something is in the public interest doesn’t mean you don’t approach the Government first”, the Court replied when Advocate Desh Ratan Nigam, representing the Petitioner, said, “This is a matter of public interest. There is a lot of anti-India activity on Twitter.”
The divisional bench of Justices Hima Kohli and Subramonium Prasad said, “none of the issues in the petition have been flagged before the Union of India” and the claims were based on the discourse made by Member of Parliament Anantkumar Hegde.
Additional Solicitor General Chetan Sharma also said that the Petitioner should have made a representation to the Government officials before addressing the Court. He further added that the process to formulate rules and regulations to supervise social media was in progress.
Given the above discussion, the Petitioner asked the Court’s permission to revoke the PIL and make a representation to the Central Government.
The Court granted permission to the Petitioner to withdraw the PIL and make representation to the Centre.
Twitter Communications India, according to the Petitioner, had allegedly been responsible for intensifying the Khalistani movement and anti-national propaganda at large.