New Delhi: Leading politicians, lawyers and human rights activists have welcomed the Supreme Court's decision to strike down the controversial Section 66A of the IT Act and hoped that the misuse of the draconian law will now be prevented.
In his brief reaction, Congress politician Shashi Tharoor said, “I am glad that the SC has struck down Sec 66A of IT Act, which was liable to misuse,” while adding, “freedom must not be curbed.”
The SC has made appropriate decision, Section 66A was antithesis of freedom of speech and expression, said senior Congress leader Manish Tewari.
Reacting to the development, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said, “Social media does have positive impact, but it's also being misused, police must have some powers in their hands.”
Manali Singhal, mother of Shreya Singhal, main petitioner in the case said, “We're very happy with the judgement, consequences of the SC ruling are going to be very positive.”
Now people are not going to be scared to exchange and put their views on internet freely, Manali Singhal added.
Senior Supreme Court lawyer Kamini Jaiswal said, “I'm very happy, this is a very progressive step.” “It’s a very good judgement, it has sent across a very good message,” Jaiswal said further.
“Section 66A of the IT Act, the noxious, draconian law has been struck down by the Supreme Court. It restores our faith in democracy,” Shreya Singhal, the main petitioner in the case said.
“There are other provisions in IT act. If there's hate speech, you'll be dealt with under those provisions,” Shreya Singhal said,
The reactions came minutes after the apex court struck down Section 66A of the Information Technology Act holding it violative of Article 19(1)a of the Constitution, which guarantees freedom of speech.