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High Court rejects plea against Army’s policy banning social media use

Written by Anand Mohan J
| New Delhi |

Revealed: August 6, 2020 5:54:29 am


The petitioner, Lieutenant Colonel P Okay Choudhary, had approached the courtroom looking for its course to the respondents to withdraw the coverage, saying it was violative of his elementary rights.

Observing that warfare is “not confined to accession of territory” however extends to “affecting the economies and political stability of enemy nation” by “inciting civil unrest”, the Delhi Excessive Courtroom on Wednesday rejected a plea difficult the Indian Military’s coverage banning personnel from utilizing sure social media platforms.

A bench of Justice Rahiv Sahai Endlaw and Justice Asha Menon held that the Military’s coverage “has not been issued impulsively however is preceded by extended research of various features and information collated on this regard with specific situations and deliberations on the highest degree thereon and has been issued after contemplating related bans imposed by different international locations, on armed personnel”.

“We may discover that warfare and inter-country rivalries and animosities at the moment will not be confined to accession of territory and destruction of installations and infrastructure of enemy international locations but in addition lengthen to influencing and affecting the economies and political stability of enemy nation together with by inciting civil unrest and disturbance and influencing the political will of the residents of the enemy nation. In such a situation, if the federal government, after full evaluation, has concluded that allowing use of sure social networking web sites by personnel of its defence forces is enabling the enemy international locations to achieve an edge, the Courts can be loath to intrude,” the courtroom mentioned.

The petitioner, Lieutenant Colonel P Okay Choudhary, had approached the courtroom looking for its course to the respondents — the Union of India, Director Basic of Navy Intelligence, and Chief of Military Workers — to withdraw the coverage, saying it was violative of his elementary rights.

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