The Supreme Court on Monday issued notices to all state governments and union territories (UTs) on a petition complaining that people were being booked under Section 66A of the IT Act.
The apex court has already scrapped this section of the IT Act.
A bench comprising justices R.F. Nariman and B.R. Gavai directed that notice should be served to registrar general of all high courts and listed the matter for further hearing after 4 weeks.
The Centre has told the Supreme Court court it is the primary duty of states and UTs to stop registering cases under Section 66A of the IT Act after the provision was quashed by it.
The Supreme Court, earlier this month, had said it was “shocking” and “distressing” that people were being booked under Section 66A through the provision was quashed.
On Monday, during the hearing the bench noted that the judiciary’s aspect can be taken care of separately, but there is police also who are charging people under this section.
The court said there needs to be one proper order because this cannot continue like this.
The Centre, in its affidavit, had said: “It is submitted that ‘police’ and ‘public order’ are state subjects as per the Constitution and prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of crimes and capacity building of police personnel as the primary responsibility of states”.
According to the central government, 21 states and UTs have reported compliance with the 2015 judgment in their letters to the ministry of information and technology.
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