Lawsuit Against Microsoft India Dropped Off by Delhi Court
Internet firms in India have been experiencing a tough situation these days after several civil and criminal cases are being filed against them. The software giant, Microsoft India was also not left out as an exception. Journalist Vinay Rai filed a criminal case against the company accusing them of making the publicity of “objectionable” contents on their web-page. It has also been reported that the content that led to the filing of criminal case against the company could become a cause of civil unrest or communal riot in the country.
Though the accusations filed by the journalist were quite serious, the Delhi High Court has dismissed the claims against the company. Therefore, the computer software manufacturing company has now out clean off the case. As per the reports, similar accusations of hosting content that can lead to communal unrest were brought against 20 other firms, which included Yahoo and Facebook. Google and Facebook have already declared that they will surely remove any objectionable material from their sites. While Microsoft India in their defense stated that they only hosted contents related to computer software. Therefore, it is quite evident that they do not have any intention of hurting religious sentiments of people in the country.
As per the reports, the defense counsel of the company stated that they did not host any defamatory content or objectionable content on their official page. The counsel also stated that the website of the company does not provide any platform for interacting with people. They are just involved in the sales and development of computing solutions as well as software. Even though the company has been successful in coming out clean this time, the judge who dismissed the case said that the case can be refilled, if the journalist can produce credible evidences against for proving his stance. Judges in the country have already declared to be strict against the sites which will host offensive content. They have also threatened that websites containing defamatory content will be banned in the country.
In Januarya 2012, the Delhi High Court asked Google and Facebook to introduce mechanism for restricting objectionable contents from their portals or else they will follow China’s policy and block such sites. Kapil Sibal, the communication minister of the country has also been quit strict on this issue. Earlier in 2011, he met the officials of the leading online companies and discussed about the new guidelines the government of the country have decided to introduce for restricting “blasphemous material” from the web.
Though the civil and criminal case filed against Microsoft has been dismissed, the case has not been dissolved. Several other companies have been accused of the same guilt and case is proceeding against them. While some have managed to check the hosting of restricted contents, some have clearly stated that it is not possible for them to introduce any pre-filtering techniques. It has been reported that the communication minister of the country was earlier angered by several modified images of Indian politicians.
He was also taken aback to see the image of pigs running through Mecca.