Facebook India head moves Supreme Court against Delhi Assembly panel’s notice

Ajit Mohan, the India head of social media giant Facebook, has moved the Supreme Court against a notice sent to him by the Delhi Assembly.

A three-member bench of the top court – consisting of Justices SK Kaul, Aniruddha Bose and Krishna Murari – will hear the plea tomorrow via video conferencing. Mr Mohan is to be represented by former Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi.

In his petition the Facebook India chief said the Delhi Assembly’s committee could not compel him to appear before it, since the same issue was already before a parliamentary panel.

In a written response Facebook India said they had already appeared before a parliamentary panel on this issue and, therefore, the Delhi Assembly should withdraw its summons.

Mr Mohan, in his petition, also pointed out that Delhi Police, which last week filed a contentious 17,000-page chargesheet  in connection with the violence, reported to the centre and not Delhi’s ruling AAP.

The assembly’s first notice was issued to Mohan after the committee’s second hearing on September 12, in connection with complaints about the social media company’s alleged “deliberate and intentional inaction to contain hateful content” in the country.

The notice was issued after the committee, in its second hearing on August 31, said prima facie it had found that Facebook India was allegedly complicit in aggravating the communal violence in north-east Delhi in February that left at least 53 people dead and over 400 injured.

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