New Delhi, Jul 12 (ILNS) The Supreme Court on Monday heard the plea seeking directions to the Central Government to restrain all online social media networks operating in India and not to carry out any Islamophobic posts or messages hurting or insulting the feelings of a particular community.
A bench led by the Chief Justice N.V. Ramana and Justice A.S. Bopanna asked the petitioner who appeared in person to peruse the new IT Rules passed by the Central Government and listed the matter for hearing after a week.
The plea filed by Advocate Khaja Aijazuddin has sought directions to restrain social media platforms from carrying Islamophobic content and to direct a CBI or NIA probe against Twitter, its users involved in putting out “inflammatory posts.”
The plea stated, “A Religious Congregation was conducted from March 13 to 15, 2020 organized by Tablighi Jamat at Nizamuddin in Delhi where Scholars or attendees came from across the World and from different States of India. The Organizers housed the members by providing necessary day to day facilities. After the conclusion of the meeting somewhere after March 20, 2020 there was massive spread of Coronavirus resulting the Government of India declaring a “Janata Curfew”, on March 22,2020 all over the Country. This meant entire Country on that particular day shall be closed fully and thereafter lockdown was announced by the Government of India on March 24, 2020 till April 14, 2020 and thereafter extended till May 17, 2020. After the attendees were dispersed to their respective States and during or after arriving their respective places, there were some cases of detection of Coronavirus symptoms in the attendees who came from abroad and were staying at Nizamuddin, Delhi where congregation took place, and therefore the “State” took them for Quarantine as per the norms. Due to massive publicity given by the media that many of the positive cases of symptoms of coronavirus were found from Tablighi Jamaat at Nizamuddin, Delhi, there was a massive trending of Tweets on the Twitter attaching the Muslim religion to the cause of spread of coronavirus.”/ILNS/SNG