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After SC order, MHA to set up panel to address security concerns

The Home Ministry has set up a high-level committee to examine how to accommodate national security concerns after the Supreme Court struck down the Article 66A of the Information Technology (IT Act).

The committee, headed by Special Secretary (Internal Security) in the Home Ministry Ashok Prasad, will analyse the "void" created by scrapping of Article 66A of IT Act in the legal space to deal with national security issues and what steps could be taken to accommodate all these concerns, official sources said.

There is unanimity among security agencies that words like 'grossly offensive' and 'menacing' were being wrongly interpreted by law enforcement agencies.

But some provision is required to check the propagation of material that may endanger national security like the ISIS propaganda in the Internet, sources said.


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