Author Chetan Bhagat and Congress leader Shashi Tharoor joined Twitter users on Tuesday to express their happiness over the Supreme Court’s decision to axe Section 66A of the Information Technology Act.
Many Twitter users were upbeat after the apex court said the section was vague. Chetan Bhagat tweeted: “Glad to know that I live in a free country. No section 66A as SC strikes it down. Super Happy. Go on, troll away.”
Glad to know that I live in a free country. No #Sec66A as SC strikes it down. Super happy. Go on, troll away.
— Chetan Bhagat (@chetan_bhagat) March 24, 2015
Shashi Tharoor too posted on Twitter: “Glad the SC has struck down Sec 66A of the IT Act, which was liable to misuse; freedom must not be curbed.” A Supreme Court lawyer Manali Singhal said: “Now people are not going to be scared to exchange and put their views on internet freely.” “We’re very happy, consequences are going to be very positive,” Singhal said. Petitioner in the case against Section 66A, Shreya Singhal told Times Now: “It is a big victory. Under section 66A of the IT Act you cannot be jailed anymore because it stands invalid.”
Glad the Supreme Court has struck down Section 66A of the IT Act, which was liable to misuse (&has been abused). Freedom must not be curbed
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) March 24, 2015