INTRODUCTION The freedom of speech and expression occupies a prominent position in the hierarchy of liberty. It also promotes most other rights and allows them to flourish. The significance of the freedom of speech and expression has been reiterated by the Supreme Court of India in numerous judgments. One of the most recent ones is the celebrated judgment in the case of Shreya Singhal v Union Of India, wherein the section 66A of Information Technology Act, 2000 was declared unconstitutional by the apex court in 2015. It’s been more than 4 years since this section was declared unconstitutional, but the police in various states are still filing FIRs under this illegal provision. Apparently, it is still being used to haunt people.
WHAT IS 66A?
The Information Technology Act, 2000 was notified on October 17, 2000 following the Model
Law on E-commerce adopted by United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) in 1997.The main objective of this act is to carry out trustworthy and legal electronic, digital and online transactions a