Old Section 79 IT Act does not protect intermediaries from defamation action: SC in 2009 complaint against Google India

Old Section 79 IT Act does not protect intermediaries from defamation action: SC in 2009 complaint against Google India

The Supreme Court has held that Section 79 of the Information Technology Act, as it stood before its amendment in 2009, did not protect intermediaries with regard to an offence of criminal defamation under Section 499/500 of the Indian Penal Code. The Bench of Justices KM Joseph and Ashok Bhushan held the same while hearing a petition filed by Google India seeking to quash an order passed by a Magistrate back in 2009 summoning it in a criminal defamation suit.

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