The Madras high court on Wednesday ordered discover to the Union authorities on a plea moved by the Digital News Publishers Association challenging the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021.
As an interim aid, the primary bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy has granted liberty for the affiliation to method the court if any coercive and arm-twisting motion is taken beneath the foundations, significantly beneath provisions 12, 14 & 16 of the foundations.
Earlier, representing the affiliation, senior advocate P S Raman contended that two provisions of the foundations instantly offended the affiliation. Particularly Rule 16 which is an omni bus provision giving energy to the secretary of the Union ministry of data and broadcasting to dam public entry to any digital info.
Therefore, he wished the court to go an interim order restraining the Union from taking any motion beneath the foundations pending disposal of the plea.
Since no antagonistic motion has been initiated in opposition to the petitioner as of now, the bench refused to grant any omni bus order staying the operation of the foundations.
However, if such provisions are resorted to in opposition to the petitioner, they are going to be at liberty to use for interim aid in these proceedings, the court mentioned and adjourned the listening to by three weeks.