New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday issued
notice to city police on petitions filed by Facebook India and
Google India challenging the trial court order which had
summoned them and other websites to face a criminal case for
allegedly webcasting objectionable content.
Justice Suresh Kait sought reply from Delhi Police on a
plea by Facebook India Online Services Pvt Ltd and Google
India Pvt Ltd.
The trial court had on December 23 summoned
representatives of 21 social networking sites including
Facebook, Microsoft, Google, Yahoo and Youtube taking
cognisance of a private criminal complaint.
The Metropolitan Magistrate had also directed the Centre
to take "immediate appropriate steps" and also file a report
in the court by January 13.
The Magistrate had said, "It appears from a bare perusal
of documents that prima facie the accused in connivance with
each other and other unknown persons are selling, publicly
exhibiting and have put into circulation obscene, lascivious
The MM had summoned the companies to face a criminal case
under section 292 (sale of obscene books etc), 293 (sale of
obscene objects to young person etc) and 120-B (criminal
conspiracy) of the IPC.
The Magistrate noted that in the material submitted by
the complainant, Vinay Rai, a journalist, contained derogatory
articles pertaining to Prophet Mohammad, Jesus Christ and
various Hindu Gods and Goddesses.
Three days before the lower court order another court in
a civil case had also restrained the sites from webcasting any
"anti-religious" or "anti-social" content promoting hatred or