is understood to have been stated in a reply filed by the
Communications and Information Technology Ministry in the
trial court where a case against the websites is pending.
December, Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal had also urged Facebook,
Twitter, Google and others to remove offensive material, though
he had said they could not be banned.
Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo India had sought exemption
from a Delhi court as the matter is still pending before the
trial court had issued summons to the various foreign-based
social networking sites to face criminal charges for allegedly
hosting objectionable contents and directed them to appear
before it on 13 March.
asked the Ministry of External Affairs to get the summons
served on these companies. "Let the process (to serve
the summons) on (foreign- based) accused be sent through the
MEA as per the process," Metropolitan Magistrate Sudesh
court direction came after the counsel, appearing for Facebook
India, said over 10 out of 21 companies named as accused in
the case were foreign-based and that the court would have
to issue process to serve the summons on them.
court was hearing a private complaint filed by journalist
Vinay Rai against these firms for allegedly web-casting objectionable
court listed the matter for further hearing on 13 March and
directed the accused to appear in person before it on the