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Delhi High Court appoints an amicus to ascertain all adult or pornographic sites operating under pseudo names are blocked and de-linked by Google and Youtube

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New Delhi, Oct 12 (ILNS) The Delhi High Court today appointed Senior Advocate, Saurabh Kirpal as the Amicus Curiae while hearing the plea of an aggrieved woman seeking: i. Direction to block the sites, which under pseudo names are operating as pornographic sites. ii. Direction to delink/de-tag/de-reference/deindex the name of petitioner from respective search engines, providing access to adult or pornographic sites. iii. Direction to block any nude or sexually explicit or morphed photos of petitioner appearing on their sites respectively. iv. Direction to register an FIR on the complaint of the petitioner made to Lajpat Nagar Police Station, New Delhi and to conduct an expeditious investigation in the matter. v. Direction to YouTube, to block channels in the name of the petitioner. Direction to seize CCTV footage of Union Bank of India, Lajpat Nagar Brach, New Delhi as the same would corroborate the extortion.

A single-judge Bench of Justice Subramonium Prasad directed the counsel for the petitioner to implead the remaining entities containing objectionable photos and videos of the woman.

Previously the court had directed Google, YouTube, Cyber Cell of Delhi Police and the Central Government to take necessary steps to remove the sites and links, carrying objectionable photos and videos of the woman.

Advocate Mamta Jha appearing on the behalf of google LLC stated that all the offending materials, which were notified and available on YouTube against the petitioner, has been removed and no fresh content has been uploaded on the websites. She further stated that 49 URLs, which were notified, have been de-indexed and clarified Google LLC is a search engine, the fact that the links, which were de-indexed by the Google LLC, do not mean that they cannot be found on the internet. 

Advocate Richa Kapoor appearing for the Delhi government submitted that there are only five links that are active.

Advocate Sanjeev Mahajan sought for the court’s leave to implead the said five entities namely: i. Notice be sent to Registrar PDR Ltd. d/b/a, Domain Name: PublicDomainRegistry.com, Email ID: contact@privacyprotect.org.ii. Notice be sent to Registrar, Domain Name: Name.com, inc, Email ID: abuse@name.com.iii. and v. Notice be sent to NameCheap, Inc., Email ID: abuse@namecheap.com.iv. Notice be sent to GoDaddy.com, LLC, Email ID: abuse@godaddy.com.

Advocate Debopriyo Moulik appearing for respondent No.10 (accused) submitted, his client has not uploaded any objectionable and offending contents on the website.

The petition has been listed for further hearing on November 8./ILNS/KR/SNG/

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