Supreme Court declares section violates key rights

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Ruling in Shreya Singhal v Union of India, the Supreme Court recently struck down section 66A of the Information Technology Act, 2000, declaring that it violated article 19(1)(a) of the constitution of India, which guarantees all citizens the right to freedom of speech and expression. Section 66A, introduced in an amendment to the act in 2009, prescribes punishment for sending offensive messages through a computer or any other communication device.

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