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Taslima Nasreen challenges the constitutional validity of Section 66(a) of IT Act in the Supreme Court
Satbir Singh Bedi | 18 Dec 2013

The UP Police had filed an FIR against the controversial self-exiled Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen who had shot to fame by writing her famous novel "Lajja" depicting the plight of Hindu women in Bangladesh for tweeting against the meeting of AAP leader, Arvind Kejariwal with Muslim cleric, Tauqeer Raza Khan who had issued a Fatwa against her putting a bounty of Rs.5 lakh on her head for her pro-women comments.

Arvind Kejariwal had met Khan just before the Delhi Assembly elections.  Taslima move the Supreme Court asking it to quash the FIR which was registered for violation of Section 66(a) of the IT act which provides for the arrest of the person hurting the sentiments of others through offensive remarks or information through electronic media, including social networking sites. Taslima also challenged the validity of the Section 66(a).

  The Supreme Court on Tuesday restrained Uttar Pradesh Police from taking any coercive step against Taslima Nasreen. The apex court  also issued notice to UP Police on her plea to quash an FIR against her. 

The court, while restraining the police from acting against her, directed the Taslima plea challenging the validity of section 66(a) be tagged with an earlier petition pending before the court that has questioned the constitutional validity of the said IT provisions.

In this connection, it may be mentioned that section 66(a)of the IT Act has been widely criticised by various intellectuals for infringing the Fundamental Right of freedom of expression.