A bench of Justices A M Khanwilkar and Sanjiv Khanna tagged the Centre’s plea with a pending particular go away petition (SLP) by which the apex courtroom had in March this 12 months stayed proceedings earlier than a number of excessive courts on petitions associated to regulation of OTT platforms.
“We will tag it (Centre’s plea) with the SLP,” the bench mentioned, including, the matter can be listed earlier than an acceptable bench on July 16.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, showing for the Centre, urged the bench to remain the proceedings pending in numerous excessive courts on pleas difficult the validity of the new Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021.
“We are not saying anything. We are simply tagging it with the other matter,” the bench mentioned.
One of the advocates, showing within the matter, informed the bench that the pending SLP is previous to the new Rules.
According to the new IT Rules, social media and streaming companies will probably be required to take down contentious content material faster, appoint grievance redressable officers and help in investigations.
The new Rules additionally search to manage the functioning of on-line media portals and publishers, over-the-top (OTT) platforms and social media intermediaries.
The Centre has moved the apex courtroom in search of transfer of pleas difficult the validity of new IT Rules from completely different excessive courts to the highest courtroom for an authoritative pronouncement on the problem.
Several petitions difficult the new IT Rules are pending adjudication in numerous excessive courts, together with the excessive courts of Delhi and Madras.
The high courtroom had earlier issued discover on a separate transfer petition filed by the Centre in search of to membership all petitions filed in varied excessive courts on the problem of regulating OTT platforms.
Several pleas difficult the validity of new IT Rules are pending adjudication within the Delhi High Court which had sought response from the Centre on these petitions.
Some of the pleas pending earlier than the Delhi High Court have sought placing down of particular half of the IT Rules on the bottom that it allegedly violates Article 19(1)(a) and 19(1)(g) of the Constitution making a “chilling effect” on media freedom, Article 14 of the Constitution by creating an unreasonable classification and by establishing a parallel adjudicatory mechanism to be overseen by the officers of government and is extremely vires the IT Act.
The Madras High Court had on June 23 issued discover to the Centre in search of its response on a plea difficult the constitutional validity of the new IT guidelines.
In March this 12 months, the Kerala High Court had sought the Centre’s response on a plea difficult the constitutional validity of new IT Rules.