Delhi HC adjourns hearing of pleas challenging new IT Rules to August 4

The newly notified rules regulate the functioning of online media portals and publishers, over-the-top platforms, and social media intermediaries.

Published: 27th May 2021 04:04 PM  |   Last Updated: 27th May 2021 04:04 PM   |  A+A-

Social media

Image used for representational purpose only


NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court on Thursday adjourned the hearing on a batch of petitions challenging the newly enforced Information Technology Rules, 2021.

The Bench of Justice DN Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh, which was hearing petitions filed by digital news platforms including Quint, The Wire and several others challenging the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology's (MeITY) digital and social media rules, adjourned the matter till August 4.

The Delhi High Court had earlier issued a notice to the Centre on the pleas in March.

The petition of the news portal "The Wire" had challenged the vires of 'The Information Technology (Guidelines for Intermediaries and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021', which were recently notified by the Central Government.

The newly notified rules regulate the functioning of online media portals and publishers, over-the-top (OTT platforms), and social media intermediaries.

The plea has been moved by the Foundation of Independent Journalism, an organisation under which "The Wires" a digital news website works.

Another plea filed by Sanjay Singh, a practising lawyer, sought a direction to hold that the grounds of "unity, integrity, defence, security or sovereignty of India, friendly relations with foreign states, public order, preventing investigation of any offence, insulting other nations" and said the newly enforces rules "do not meet the requirements of placing restrictions on freedom of speech and expression".

The petition states that the intermediary is brought under tremendous pressure to remove content that purportedly does not comply with the rules and to immediately block access to the user on its own.

"Otherwise, when it receives directions from a government agency or a competent court regarding any information on the purported ground of it being unlawful, the intermediary has to remove such content or block access to it within 36 hours or face punishment up to seven years of imprisonment," the plea said.

According to amended IT rules, social media and streaming companies will be required to take down contentious content quicker, and appoint grievance redressal officers and assist in investigations. 


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp