T.M. Krishna, a Carnatic singer, has challenged the constitutionality of the new IT rules in the Madras High Court. According to Krishna, the Information Technology (Guidelines For Intermediaries And Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021 impose “arbitrary, vague, disproportionate, and unreasonable” restrictions.
This is one of several challenges to new IT rules filed in high courts across the country, beginning with The Wire and The News Minute’s challenge in the Delhi high court in early March.
Krishna claims in his petition that the rules violate his rights as an artist and cultural commentator. “I submit that the contested Rules violate my rights as an artist and cultural commentator by imposing a chilling effect on free speech and infringing on my right to privacy,” Krishna writes in his affidavit.
Several legal challenges have been filed against the Central Government’s new IT rules. Recently, WhatsApp filed a lawsuit against the government, claiming that the new rules would end privacy.
The lawsuit requests that the Delhi High Court rule that one of the new rules violates privacy rights under India’s constitution by requiring social media companies to identify the “first originator of information” when authorities request it.