Google, Facebook and Yahoo to get court summons for objectionable stuffs

In yet another blow to 21 social networking sites including Facebook, Microsoft, Google, Yahoo and Youtube, Delhi court has today issued summons to them for facing trial for allegedly webcasting objectionable contents.

Metropolitan Magistrate (MM), Sudesh Kumar took notice on a private criminal complaint and has bound for the Centre for taking “immediate appropriate steps” and also files a report in the court by January 13.  

The court’s order came three days after another court in a civil case had controlled these sites including Facebook, Google and Youtube from webcasting any “anti-religious” or “anti-social” content promoting hatred or communal dissonance.

In the fresh case, the court said, “it appears from a bare examination of the documents that prima facie the accused in responsibility with each other and other unknown persons are selling, publicly exhibiting and have put into circulation obscene, lascivious content which also appears to the prurient interests and tends to debauch and corrupt the persons who are likely to read, see or hear the same.”

“It is also apparent that such contents are incessantly openly and freely available to everyone who is using the said network irrespective of their age and even the persons under the age of 18 years have full and egalitarian access to such obscene contents,” the court said.

The MM has summoned the accused companies to face trial for allegedly committing the offence carrying a punishment of under section 292 (sale of obscene books etc), 293 (sale of obscene objects to young person etc) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC.

The Magistrate has noted that in these websites material propose by the complainant, Vinay Rai, a journalist, contained indescent picture and derogatory articles pertaining to Prophet Mohammad, Jesus Christ and various Hindu Gods and Godesses.

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