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Section 66A of the Information Technology Act INDIA

Section 66A says: “Any person who sends by means of a computer resource or a communication device any information that is grossly offensive or has menacing character; or any information which he knows to be false, but for the purpose of causing annoyance, inconvenience, danger, obstruction, insult, injury, criminal intimidation, enmity, hatred, or ill-will, persistently makes by making use of such computer resource or a communication device, any electronic mail or electronic mail message for the purpose of causing annoyance or inconvenience or to deceive or to mislead the addressee or recipient about the origin of such messages shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years and with fine.”

SC won’t stay order for compensation to riot-damaged Gujarat shrines

State says Constitution does not allow government spending for religious bodies

The Supreme Court has declined to stay, at this stage, the Gujarat High Court order directing the State government to pay compensation to more than 500 shrines damaged during the 2002 riots.
When counsel sought a stay on the “erroneous” February 8 order, a Bench adjourned the hearing to enable the government to produce documents that might indicate “… which are the religious places affected by the communal riots, for which compensation has been claimed.”

The matter has been listed for further hearing on July 9, when the plea for stay would be considered.

New Delhi, July 3, 2012

The Islamic Relief Committee of Gujarat had filed a writ petition in the High Court for a directive to the government to pay compensation for the damage and destruction caused to religious places. The National Human Rights Commission, it pointed out, had made such a recommendation.

Agreeing with the plea, the High Court pulled up the government for its “inadequacy, inaction and negligence” that resulted in large-scale destruction of religious structures.

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