Delhi HC issues notice to the Center, Twitter about Sanjay Hegde's request against account suspension

NEW DELHI: On Monday he asked the central government to submit a response to a petition filed by a senior lawyer who questioned the suspension of his social media account.

Judge Naveen Chawla sought an answer and listed the matter for a new hearing on February 11.

The petitioner sought an address on the social media platform to restore his Twitter account that was permanently suspended on November 5, 2019.

He argued that the suspension of his Twitter account is contrary to the 'Twitter Rules' and their terms of use, illegally and arbitrarily.

Hegde also sought to frame guidelines to ensure that online speech is not arbitrarily censored by social networking websites such as Twitter.

The petition also raised the question of whether large multinational corporations, which serve a public function in serving millions of users, are subject to constitutional scrutiny for their actions.

Hegde stated that the suspension violates his right to freedom of expression and expression, the right to assembly and the right to form an association under the Constitution of India.

The Information Technology Law authorizes the Central Government to prescribe guidelines for intermediaries. However, no guidelines have been established to ensure that legal discourse is not censored, he said while seeking help.