Bandipora rape: HC seeks Twitter report on removal of posts

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The High Court on Wednesday sought report from Twitter that the company has removed all the posts on its website unveiling identity of a minor girl who was allegedly raped in Sumbal area of Bandipora on May 8.

A division bench of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Rashid Ali Dar sought to know about the removal of the posts after advocate Moksha Kazmi on behalf of Twitter International informed it that the Company has already removed all the posts identified by the amicus curiae, Farah Bashir.

The Court today impleaded Twitter International Company as a party after it was informed that the correct address of the Company is; 1-Cumberland Place, Fenian Street, Dublin 2, Dublin, D2, Dublin Country Ireland instead of the name reflected in the order dated 30 May 2019.

While Neel Mason appearing with Farhat Zia on behalf of Youtube informed the court that the correct name of the Company was M/s Youtube LLC, advocate Syed Faisal Qadiri filed an affidavit on behalf of Facebook.Inc.

Meanwhile counsels appearing for Youtube LLC and Twitter International Company sought to file their responses.

The court directed that URLs of posts identified from the reports submitted by the amicus curiae be removed from the websites.

While the court decided to consider the responses filed by Kashmir Glory, Daily Ilhaaq, Kashmir Observer on 30 August, it ordered Daily Afaaq and Kashmir Vision to submit the response within one week.

The court further said that no compliance was filed with regard to Section 44 of the POCSO Act of 2018 which casts a duty upon the Government to give wide publicity through media- television, radio and print media- at regular intervals to make the general public, children as well as their parents and guardians aware of the provisions of the Act.

Senior Additional Advocate General B A Dar however sought time to place on record the information to be furnished by the Department of Information.

The court also took on record action plan with regard to linkage between police stations and the officers of the Legal Services Authority.

The Court directed the State Legal Services authority and the J&K Police to take all the immediate required steps to operationalize the action plan and report to it about the same.

In his status report Inspector General of Police, Kashmir, said that the charge sheet in the case related to FIR No. 81/2019 has been filed in the Court of Sessions Judge Bandipora on 25 May 2019.

In his affidavit Medical Superintendent SKIMS said that there was no leakage of medical records relating to the examination of the victim in the case and that the same was handed over to the investigating officer.