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Central Government Defends the Controversial IT Rules at the Bombay HC

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Staff Writer, TLR

Published on July 14, 2023, 17:40:59

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Defend, IT Rules

The Central Government of India has filed an affidavit in an effort to defend the New IT Rules which has triggered a prolonged cold war between well-known social media handles and the Central Government. The concerns surrounded an elevated level of responsibility for content posted on the platforms, by attempting to deny the safe harbor protections afforded so far to these Social Media houses. The affidavit tried to establish that there is a presumption in favor of the legislation and that the interim relief against the same would render the institutional framework inoperative. The Affidavit also argues that the rules are well within the legislative competence of the concerned ministry (MeitY). The rules were argued before the court to be a draconian law that might detriment free speech and Fundamental Rights relating to the same.

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