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SC reserves verdict on pleas against IT Act provisions

The Supreme Court on Thursday reserved its verdict on a batch of petitions challenging constitutional validity of certain sections of the cyber law including a provision under which a person can be arrested for allegedly posting "offensive" contents on websites. A bench of justices J Chelameswar and R F Nariman reserved their judgement after Government concluded its arguments contending that section 66A of the Information Technology Act cannot be "quashed" merely because of the possibility of its "abuse".

Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said Government does not want to curtail the freedom of speech and expression at all which is enshrined in the Constitution, but the vast cyber world cannot be allowed to remain unregulated.

"The terms like 'illegal', 'grossly offensive' and 'menacing character' are vague expressions and these words are likely to be misunderstood and abused," the bench said.

‘2G auction will be subject to final verdict’

The Supreme Court on Thursday made it clear that the 2G auction will go ahead according to the schedule from March 4 subject to the outcome of matter before it. “Let the auction go on and let us see what emerges from it,” a bench comprising justices Dipak Misra and Adarsh Kumar Goel said.

Asks Gujarat police to share details of documents with Teesta

The Indian Supreme Court on Thursday asked the Central Indian state of Gujarat Police to give social activist Teesta Setalvad and her husband the list of documents needed from them in the probe against them in a case of alleged embezzlement of funds for a museum at Ahmedabad’s Gulbarg Society that was devastated in the 2002 riots.

A Bench comprising Justices Dipak Misra and Adarsh Kumar Goel said the accused are also entitled to have the list which the state police has already provided to the apex court. Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for Setalvad, mentioned the issue saying that the couple has not received the list, the report of which has been in a section of media.

Person can retain Scheduled caste status after re-conversion: SC

The Supreme Court on Thursday held that a person can be accorded Scheduled Caste (SC) status on his re-conversion to Hinduism if he is accepted by fellow caste men and proves that either he or his forefathers previously belonged to that caste before embracing another religion. “In our considered opinion, three things that need to be established by a person who claims to be a beneficiary of the caste certificate are (i) there must be absolutely clear-cut proof that he belongs to the caste that has been recognised by the Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Order, 1950; “(ii) there has been reconversion to the original religion to which the parents and earlier generations had belonged; and (iii) there has to be evidence establishing the acceptance by the community,” a bench of justices Dipak Misra and V Gopala Gowda said.

To hear plea of Vodafone on IUC charges today

The SC on Thursday agreed to hear today a plea of telecom firm Vodafone India against TRAI’s recent tariff regulations by which IUC has been revised. The new tariff structure, notified by TRAI, has slashed by 30 pc the amount that mobile operators pay to each other for calls made from one network to another.
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