Can ministers use social media ? asks court

social-media-newDelhi High Court on Friday sought government’s response on a plea by former BJP leader K N Govindacharya objecting to opening of Twitter and Facebook accounts by Prime Minister’s Office and other ministries. Govindacharya has said this violation of law.

A bench of Justice B D Ahmed and Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva granted three week’s time to the government to file reply. The court fixed the matter for further hearing on 13th March.

Govindacharya’s advocate raised objection on usage of Facebook and Twitter for official purpose by several ministries through private e-mail accounts, saying it violates the Public Records Act. The counsel argued that servers of the social networking sites are outside India and so the country’s official data is transferred to other nations.

Additional Solicitor General Sanjay Jain, appearing for the Centre, said it had called a meeting of social media companies on 23rd of this month and the issue is being examined.


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