The Public Interest Litigation (PIL) proceeding in the Kerala High Court challenging the Internet censorship rules of the country has been posted for hearing.
The PIL was filed last year by Shojan Jacob challenging the constitutional validity of Rules 8 and 16 of the Information Technology (Procedure and Safeguard for Blocking for Access of Information by Public) Rules, 2009 and Rules 3(2) and 3(4) of the ‘Information Technology (Intermediaries Guidelines) Rules, 2011
The impleading application of the Indian Music Industry was allowed by the court recently and the industry has filed its final statement. The Kerala government which is party to the litigation has also filed its statement.
However, the central government has not filed any statement in response to the petition till date. The court had earlier asked the standing counsel for the central government to take steps to file its statement immediately.
The division bench comprising the Chief Justice finally decided to post the matter for hearing. The petition is likely to be taken up for hearing next month.