- Apprentice Lawyer
A Bench of Chief Justice S Manikumar and Justice Shaji P Chaly disposed of the petitions today, citing the repeal of the ordinance that inserted the controversial provision.
Section 118A had penalised any expression, publication or dissemination of threatening, abusive, defamatory or humiliating content made through any mode of communication punishable if the person does it knowing it to be false and damaging to reputation or mind of another person.
Stating that nothing remained in the matter, the Chief Justice-led Bench closed proceedings.
Earlier, the Bench had directed that no adverse action could be taken by resorting to the provision when the petitions challenging it first came up. By this time, the provision had been effectively in limbo after the Chief Minister announced the Government's intention to withdraw the ordinance.
The provision had prescribed punishment of upto 3 years or fine of Rs. 10,000 or both. Many had described the provision as reminiscent of the erstwhile Section 66A of the Information Technology Act, which was eventually struck down by the Supreme Court as unconstitutional in the Shreya Singhal case.
Read the Judgment here: