Madras Aug 12(ILNS): The Madras High Court on August 11, pulled up the Central Government for the delay in filing a response to pleas challenging IT Rules 2021.
The Division Bench comprising of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice P. D. Audikesavalu was hearing the two writ petitions challenging the constitutionality of the IT Rules, 2021.
Two Petitions were filed in the High Court, one by Carnatic vocalist and Ramon Magsaysay awardee TM Krishna claiming that IT Rules imposed arbitrary restrictions on digital news media and social media intermediaries. The other Plea was filed by Digital News Publishers Association (DNPA) as well as journalist Mukund Padmanabhan, challenging the constitutionality of the IT Rules.
Earlier on July 14, the Court had granted the Union two weeks to file its counter-affidavit.
On Wednesday the High Court took serious objection to a request made by a counsel for the Union of India to grant more time to file its response.
“Additional Solicitor General should explain why appropriate measures should not be taken against those responsible for not filing the counter-affidavit on behalf of the Union despite the previous directions”, the Court ordered and adjourned the matter till August 13, 2021./ILNS/SS/SNG