Senior advocate Sanjay Hegde moved the Delhi High Court on Monday, challenging the suspension of his Twitter account, Bar and Bench reported.
In his petition, he contended that any censorship on social media should be governed by guidelines which are in accordance with the provisions of Article 19 of the Constitution, including his right to free speech and expression, his right to assembly and his right to form association. He also called the suspension of his account “illegal and arbitrary”.
In the petition filed by advocate Pranjal Kishore, Hegde submits that the tweets in question do not violate the grounds mentioned by Twitter as a reason for suspension of the senior advocate’s Twitter account.
After being resumed, his account was suspended again on 28 October when he retweeted CPI(ML) leader Kavita Krishnan’s 2017 post, which quoted a poem written by Gorakh Pandey against death penalty, titled ‘Unko phaansi de do’ (hang them).
On 7 November, two days after Twitter informed him that his account was permanently suspended, Hegde sent a legal notice to the micro-blogging site. He also demanded “a public apology for damaging his reputation".
The notice stated that the tweets did not fall under any of the categories of prohibited posts on the social media platform, which include "violence, abuse/harassment, and hateful conduct”. The notice was also addressed to Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, "seeking the intervention of the ministry in the matter”.
"It is clear from the above that suspension of my Client's Twitter account is arbitrary, illegal and Twitter's own policies," the notice added. Hedge had also given Twitter a period of three days to restore his account and tender an apology, the failure of which would invite legal proceedings.
In response, he was told that his account will not be restored.
In the petition, apart from the restoration of his Twitter account, Hegde has also urged the court to issue guidelines to curb unconstitutional censorship on social media.
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Updated Date: Dec 16, 2019 15:38:36 IST