Delhi High court has asked the central government for the submission of the policy regarding the ban of social media in the armed forces. 

Delhi High court has asked the central government for the submission of the policy regarding the ban of social media in the armed forces. 

Delhi High court has asked the central government for the submission of the policy regarding the ban of social media in the armed forces.
That order came into plea which was moved by Lieutenant Colonel PK Choudhary challenging an order of the Director General of Military Intelligence, all the members of the cadets in the Indian Army to delete Facebook and Instagram and along with 87 other social media applications.

The Division Bench of Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw and Justice Asha Menon mentioned that they will focus on the positive part of the petition of the disputed policies.

The court held that:

‘We are of the view that the counsels be heard after we have had an occasion to peruse the policy and if the document prescribing the policy does not record the reasons therefore, the document containing the reasons for the policy.’

In this case the question of granting any such interim relief does not arise especially when the matter has the potential of concerning the safety and security of the country, the bench observed.

The plea states Soldiers rely on social networking platforms like Facebook to address various issues arising in their families while posted in remote locations and often use the virtual connect to compensate for the physical distance existing between themselves and their families.

Article 33 permits the Parliament, by law, to modify fundamental rights by members of armed forces i.e, Soldiers. The Respondent No.1 is not the Parliament. Ban on use of social networking platforms and order to delete accounts vide the Policy is an attempt by the Respondent No.1 to usurp and assume powers which are vested exclusively with the Parliament in terms of Article 33, the Petitioner argues. Reliance is placed on Union of India v. G.S. Bajwa, (2003) 9 SCC 630.

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