Kerala HC restrains Centre from taking coercive action against News Broadcasting under New IT rule

Responding to News Broadcasters Association (NBA) plea challenging the new IT rules on the ground that they give govt. authorities “excessive powers” Kerala High court in an interim order restrains the Central Govt. from taking any coercive action against NBA under new IT Rules, ANI. Senior Advocate

Mahinder Singh, for the organization, submitted that the High court had passed an order in LiveLaw Media’s case restraining the government from taking any coercive action based on IT rules and pressed for a similar order.

NBA has contended that Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines & digital Media Ethics Code) rules, 2021, are ultra vires to the Information Technology Act, 2000 apart from being violative of Articles 14 (equality before law) and 19 (1) (g) (right to freedom to practice any profession, or to carry on any occupation, trade or business) of the Constitution.