Supreme Court: Clampdown on citizens using social media for medical help is contempt of court

Recently, the Uttar Pradesh government mandated that strict civil and criminal action would be initiated against citizens who make false appeals and seek help for COVID-19 on social media platforms.

A PIL was filed in the Allahabad High Court seeking to restrain such actions. A Bench of the Supreme Court consisting of Justice D.Y.Chandrachud, Justice L.Nageshwara Rao and Justice Ravindra Bhat, took up this issue while taking suo motu cognisance of the COVID-19 related issues as these are issues which concern the whole nation.

The Bench stated that grievances put by citizens on social media cannot be considered as false information.

It was further stated that there should be no clampdown on citizens who use social media for seeking medical help.

The Bench also decided that it would be considered as contempt of court if States and other authorities try to clampdown on citizens.

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