Karnataka HC slaps fine on police officers for registering FIR under struck down Section 66A
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Karnataka HC slaps fine on police officers for registering FIR under struck down Section 66A

Rintu Mariam Biju

The Karnataka High Court recently directed two police officers to pay an amount of Rs. 10,000 each for registering a First Information Report (FIR) under Section 66 (A) of the Information Technology Act, 2000 (IT Act). This provision was struck down from the statute books by the Supreme Court five years ago.

Justice PS Dinesh Kumar in his order stated that criminal proceedings were initiated against the the petitioner in the matter invoking a section that has been struck down. In this regard, the High Court order reads,

This is a case in which police have initiated criminal proceedings invoking provisions of law which is not in statute book. Police have initially recorded the complaint as NCR and for reasons best known the very same officer has registered FIR after one week. This is nothing but a clear abuse of process of law and harassment to the citizen.

Karnataka High Court

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