Shreya Singhal Vs UoI – UPSC Prelims

Shreya Singhal Vs UoI:
  • Supreme Court in a landmark judgment struck down section 66A of the Information Technology Act, 2000 which provided provisions for the arrest of those who posted allegedly offensive content on the internet upholding freedom of expression.
  • The act was violative of Article 19(1)(a) and not saved under Article 19(2).
  • Article 19(1)(a) gives people the right to speech and expression, whereas 19(2) accords the state the power to impose reasonable restrictions on the exercise of this right.
  • In quashing Section 66A, in Shreya Singhal, the Supreme Court has not only given a fresh lease of life to free speech in India but has also performed its role as a constitutional court for Indians.
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