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Delhi HC Issues Notice In Sanjay Hegde's Plea Against Suspension Of His Twitter Account

The Central government and Twitter have been asked by Delhi High Court to respond on senior advocate Sanjay Hegde's petition over suspension of his account


The Central government and Twitter, on Monday, have been asked by Delhi High Court to provide a response on senior advocate Sanjay Hegde's petition over the suspension of his social media account. Justice Naveen Chawla sought responses and listed the case for next hearing on February 11.

Petitioner Sanjay Hegde sought the reactivation of his Twitter account which was permanently suspended on November 5, 2019. He claimed that the content on his account does not violate the 'Twitter Rules' and its terms of use. Hegde also sought revised Twitter guidelines to ensure that online speech is not unreasonably censored by Twitter.

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His petition also raised the issue of whether large multi-national corporations such as Twitter, which serve millions of users are amenable to constitutional investigation for their actions. Hegde stated that the suspension of his social media account violates his right to free speech and expression, right to assembly and right to form an association under the Constitution of India.

"The Information Technology Act authorizes the Central Government to prescribe guidelines to intermediaries. However, no guidelines to ensure that legal speech is not censored have been laid down," the plea mentioned while seeking for relief.

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What posts got Sanjay Hegde’s Twitter account suspended?

The senior advocate had retweeted the poem ‘Hang Him’ which was originally posted by Kavita Krishnan in 2017. It is about two peasant revolutionaries being hung in Independent India. Mr Hegde expressed bitterness that his account was suspended for merely re-sharing a tweet whereas the original post had not attracted any such action. 

Sanjay Hegde had also tweeted a picture of August Landmesser refusing to do the Nazi salute when everyone around him was doing it. Twitter took down the picture and blocked his account on October 27 citing “hateful imagery”. Hegde claimed that this picture had been upon his Twitter as his cover photo for many months. Hegde also told the media that his post did nothing to violate Twitter’s guidelines and norms. 

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(With inputs from ANI)

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