Why hasn’t a response been filed despite earlier directions?’: The Madras High Court criticizes the Center for delaying the implementation of Rule 2021 challenges

On Wednesday, the Madras High Court took seriously a request from a lawyer for the Union of India challenging the validity of the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021 (IT Rules, 202 (IT Rules, 202) that granted more time to file responses to petitions.

Two writ petitions contesting the validity of the IT Rules, 2021 are currently before the court.

The Madras High Court issued a notice last month on a plea filed by famed Carnatic singer and Ramon Magsaysay Award winner TM Krishna, who said the rules are “arbitrary, unclear, unequal, and imprecise.”

The court had ordered the central government two weeks to file its counter-affidavit before adjourning the matter for another three weeks on July 14. On Wednesday, the court was also informed that the union had requested additional time to file its response before the last date of hearing.

As a result, the Bench deferred the case until August 13, with the instruction that it be placed at the top of the subordination list on the next date.

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