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SC rejects plea against Centre, ISPs for blocking entire websites

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Still in war with allies
The Supreme Court has refused to hear a plea challenging the move of the Centre and the Internet Service Providers (ISPs), over their decision to block websites in order to prevent piracy of commercial content. In his petition to the SC, petitioner Jiten Kumar Jain alleged that the decision to block websites was both "arbitrary and unjustified". A bench of justices comprising KS Radhakrishnan and Deepak Mishra refused to hear Jain's plea and asked him to approach the High Court, leading to Jain withdrawing his plea.

In his petition, Jain detailed, "Under the guise of preventing piracy of commercial content, the Government of India and the private Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have taken to regularly pre-censoring websites and blocking access to them, without any orders either under Section 69A of the IT Act or under the IT Rules. Those blocked sites include political and commercial rivals and critics, resulting in a serious breach of Articles 19 & 21 of the Constitution, and constituting an attack on the democratic fibre of the nation".

SC rejects plea against Centre, ISPs for blocking entire websites
 
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