The Supreme Court on 25th September set aside a plea seeking directions to the authorities concerned to prohibit and stop spreading of information in regards of novel Covid-19 on the basis of religion, caste, community and religious identity. The plea was filled by Advocate Md. Irshad Hanif on behalf of M. Qayam Ud Din and Fozia Rahman who also also sought directions to the authorities to identify persons, organisations, websites and media houses who have either authored, shared and aided in circulation of such information.
A 3-judge bench comprising of Justices Ashok Bhushan, R Subhash Reddy & MR Shah set aside the plea in which the petitioner stated that the instant petition was all about right to dignity and honour.
Th plea sought directions for the authorities to immediately block any websites and remove the offending materials on the internet and take action under the Information Technology Act against those who are spreading communal hatred, creating problem for public order.
The plea resorted to the Tablighi Jamaat congregation here in March this year where minimum 9,000 people participated made national headline because it was claimed that the gathering became the primary source for spread of COVID-19 in India as many of the members had travelled to various parts of the country for missionary works and certain section of media, instead of exercising restraint, reported it with “communal colour”.
The plea had also claimed that were various fake videos and news that were circulated on different social media platforms which resulted in condemnation of the Muslim community.
The plea mentioned that “Arvind Kejriwal in the capacity of chief minister of Delhi supported such reporting by the medium of his tweets and other modes by naming affected cases deliberately as a separate caption ”Masjid Markaz”.