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'Centre's guideline on Sec 66 (A) of IT Act has no backing of law'

Sec 87 of IT Act does not permit govt to make subordinate legislation for 66 (A), say experts

The guidelines issued by the Centre on Thursday on the implementation of Section 66 (A) of the Information Technology (IT) Act lack the legal tooth to make any meaningful impact. According to experts, this is just a “cosmetic treatment” to divert attention from the controversial section of 66 (A). According to the guidelines, before registering complaints under section 66 (A) of the IT Act., junior police officials will have to seek the approval from an officer in the rank of Deputy Commissioner of Police in rural areas and Inspector-General in metros. It is the same section ...