Court refuses to stay new IT rules set for digital media
New Delhi. The Delhi High Court on Monday refused to stay the new Information Technology Rules framed to regulate digital media and said it did not agree with the petitioners to pass such an order at this stage. Pravda Media Foundation, which runs ‘Foundation for Independent Journalism’, ‘The Wire’, Quint Digital Media Limited and ‘Alt News’, had requested for a stay on the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Code of Conduct) Rules, 2021 . These companies said that a fresh notice has been issued to them, stating that they will have to follow the rules, otherwise action will be taken against them.
A vacation bench of Justice C Hari Shankar and Justice Subrahmanyam Prasad observed that the notices were issued to the said companies only for complying with the notification, on which there is no stay. The bench said, “We do not agree with you. If you want, we will issue a detailed order or if you want, we will notify it again in front of the roster bench. You let us know after taking the instructions.” Senior advocate Nitya Ramakrishnan, appearing for the said companies, requested the court to list the matter when the court opens after the holiday. The court ordered listing of the stay applications before the roster bench on July 7.