PIL in Delhi HC demands action against Twitter over anti-India, pro-Khalistan tweets

The petition also sought an enquiry by NIA into the matter as the persons allegedly promoting the messages in relation to Khalistan are from outside the country

Press Trust of India September 23, 2020 18:50:01 IST
PIL in Delhi HC demands action against Twitter over anti-India, pro-Khalistan tweets

A PIL has been moved in the Delhi High Court seeking action against social media platform Twitter for being allegedly involved in conspiracy to promote anti-India propaganda such as Khalistan movement.

The matter was listed for hearing before a bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan which on Wednesday recused from hearing it and directed that the petition be listed before another division bench on 30 September.

The plea has contended that some "promoted handles" on Twitter''s platform were being allegedly used for promoting an agenda for a separate Khalistan.

According to the petition by Sangeeta Sharma, promoted handles are those from which Twitter generates revenue.

In her plea, filed through advocates Desh Ratan Nigam and Awanish Sinha, she has sought lodging a case against Twitter and its representatives in India under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, the provisions of IPC dealing with sedition and waging war against the country and under the Information Technology Act.

The petition also seeks an enquiry by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) into the matter as the persons allegedly promoting the messages in relation to Khalistan are from outside the country.

It has also sought that the revenue generated by Twitter from India should be taxed here.

The petition also seeks a direction to Twitter to share its source code with the Indian government.

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