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Police using Section 66A of IT Act to make arrests despite SC's ruling

Section 66A continues to be used because the pertinent authorities do not know that it has been struck down

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Police  |  Supreme Court  |  Indian Penal Code

Charu Bahri | IndiaSpend 



Carte blanche to notify law requires reform

On March 20, 2017, the Uttarakhand High Court accorded the status of living human entity to the rivers Ganga and Yamuna. The same day, Zakir Ali Tyagi, an 18-year-old from Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh posted a comment on Facebook questioning whether "criminal charges would be initiated if someone drowned in the Ganga”.

A week later, then newly elected Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath made a comment about ridding the state of goonda (rogue) elements. “They have the option of leaving UP or else they would land in places designated for them (jails),” he said.

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First Published: Mon, December 03 2018. 06:20 IST

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