Internet — A Basic Right.
Right to Internet Access is a part of Fundamental Right of Expression -Supreme Court
Sabu Mathew George filed a Public Interest Litigation seeking strict adherence of all content on search engines related to Section 22 of PCPNDT Act. This section of Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (Regulation and Prevention of Misuse Act), 1994 talks about Prohibition of advertisement relating to pre-natal determination of sex and punishment for contravention.
A bench of three led by Justice Dipak Misra, held the prohibition should kick in only if the content found online is violative of Section 22. The three Internet search engines — Microsoft, Google India and Yahoo! India — gave their assurances to the Supreme Court that they would neither advertise nor sponsor advertisements violative of the PNPCDT Act and have already appointed ‘in-house’ experts to spot illegal content and pull them down.
The extract of this PIL’s order emphasis on Net Neutrality. No one can stop a netizen from using the internet or its content, provided it is not illegal.
“Citizens have the right to access the Internet to gain information, wisdom and knowledge and their right cannot be curtailed unless it encroaches into the boundary of illegality” the Supreme Court observed on 13th April, 2017.