Upbeat, Defiant, Happy Twitter Users Celebrate #No66A

24/03/2015 12:39 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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In what is being termed as a historic judgement, the Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down the controversial Section 66A of the Information Technology Act, declaring it "unconstitutional".

The section, which was often misused to arrest ordinary citizens for liking, commenting, tweeting or sharing "controversial" information, was passed without discussion in Parliament by the UPA government in 2008.

Famously, the first PIL on the issue was filed in 2012 by a law student Shreya Singhal, who sought amendment in Section 66A of the Act, after two girls — Shaheen Dhada and Rinu Shrinivasan — were arrested in Palghar in Thane district. Their "crime" was that one of the girls had posted a comment against the shutdown in Mumbai following Shiv Sena leader Bal Thackeray's death and the other 'liked' it.

The Supreme Court, however, refused to strike down two other provisions of the IT Act that allow blocking of websites.

The social media was understandably abuzz with jubilation and comments on this historic judgement. Here are some of interesting tweets:

(With inputs from PTI)

Also read: Supreme Court Strikes Down Section 66A Of IT Act

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