One of the unexpected offshoots of the Supreme Court judgement on Section 66A in the Shreya Singhal Vs Union of India (march 24, 2015) is that the decision of the Delhi High Court on blocking of Zone-H.org in India stands dismissed.
Refer article on Zone-H.org blocking here:
This was the case bearing number CS(OS)-2305/2009 filed at Delhi High Court on 3rd December 2009 in which
1. Zone-H.org was indefinitely blocked in an interim order which remains without limitation even today
2. Bloggernews.net was blocked because of one of the articles by the undersigned in which the status of the case was referred to. Presently the block on the Bloggernews.net is not operative but the block on the URL http://www.bloggernews.net/124029 which contained the article by the undersigned with some comments from the respondent in the case which was perhaps held derogatory of the Indian Court system and therefore tantamounted to “Contempt of Court” is still operative.
In fact, I consider that this case is a historic case in the sense that Section 66A was for the first time sought to be applied to a case of “Defamation” .
Now, in the Shreya Singhal Vs Union of India case, the judgement under para 43 says that “Section 66A does not concern itself with injury to reputation”.
In view of this opinion as well as the removal of the section, the above case by E2 Labs stands automatically annulled ad the blocking of Zone-H.org becomes untenable.
I request that the High Court takes cognizance of this development and dismiss the case. The Court may also review the Bloggersnews.net article once again and take a fresh view on whether it needs to continue as banned in the light of the observations made by Supreme Court on various aspects of Freedom of Speech.
I also request the Ministry of Communications and Technology to take cognizance of the development and lift the ban on ZoneH.org.