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Content row: Case against Google India dropped, six firms still in suit

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Google India’s name was today dropped from the suit for trial of various for allegedly hosting offending contents, after it was pointed out to a Delhi court that it is merely a software developing firm.

Administrative civil judge dropped the case against Google India, agreeing with its plea that it does not operate any social networking website.

The court also dropped cases against seven other entities, Exbii, IMC India, My Lot, Shyni Blog, Topix, and BoardReader, as they were not found to be proper parties to the suit. The court had earlier dropped cases against and Microsoft.

After Thursday’s court proceeding, names of merely six websites have been left in the suit.

With this, of the 22 entities against whom the suit was filed for hosting objectionable contents, the case will proceed only against these six — Facebook (India and US), Google Inc, Orkut, YouTube and Blogspot (through Google Inc CEO Larry Page).

The judge allowed the firm's plea after plaintiff Mufti Aijaz Arshad Quasmi's counsel, Santosh Pandey, did not oppose the dropping of the names of the firms.

pleaded that it was only a subsidiary of Internet giant Google Inc and does not operate the website. Hence, it should be removed from the array of parties.

Agreeing with its contentions, the judge dropped the case against the company, saying, “It is a subsidiary of Google Inc, registered in India, and is a software developer company which has no role in running of Google Inc.”

The court also made it clear that Youtube, Blogspot and Orkut, which were made parties through Google India MD Rajan Anandan, are also being dropped from the suit, but the case against the same companies, represented through Google Inc CEO Larry Page, will go on.

“It had been informed by the counsel of Google India that its MD, Rajan Anandan, cannot represent Orkut, YouTube and Blogspot, as they are the subsidiaries of Google Inc, of which Google India is itself a subsidiary,” the court said, and noted that they were “non-entities”.

Quasmi had moved the court against 22 social networking websites, seeking their prosecution for allegedly hosting objectionable contents.

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