The Union Ministry of Home Affairs has requested States and Union Territories to direct all police stations under their jurisdiction not to register cases under the repealed Section 66A of the Information Technology Act, 2000. It has also asked the States and UTs to sensitise law enforcement agencies to comply with the order issued by the Supreme Court on 24.03.2015. The MHA has also requested that if any case has been booked in States and UTs under section 66A of the IT Act, 2000, such cases should be immediately withdrawn.
In its judgment on 24.03.2015 in the matter of Shreya Singhal v. Union of India, the Supreme Court had struck down Section 66A of the Information Technology Act, 2000. This made Section 66A of the Information Technology Act, 2000 null and void with effect from the date of the order. Therefore 24.03.2015, and hence no action could be taken under this section.
Link to Official Press Release: PIB (https://pib.gov.in/PressReleasePage.aspx?PRID=1735545)
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