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IT Act: SC to examine term ‘grossly offensive’

Supreme Court on Wednesday said that it will examine the term “grossly offensive” used in a provision of the Information Technology Act which empowers police to arrest web users for posting objectionable content. “What is grossly offensive to you, may not be grossly offensive to me and it is a vague term.

We are only examining the term grossly offensive. Central Governments come and go but Section 66A (of the Information Technology Act) remains forever,” a bench of Justices J Chelameswar and Rohinton F Nariman said.

The court’s observation came when Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre, said that nothing is “grossly offensive” unless it leads to violence.
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