Google India can now breathe easy, as Delhi court has dropped charges against it and seven other Internet giants for allegedly hosting objectionable content.
Administrative Civil Judge (ACJ) Praveen Singh dropped the case against Google India considering the company’s plea that it does not operate any social networking site and also it is only a subsidiary of Internet giant Google Inc and does not operate the websites.
ACJ Praveen said, “It is a subsidiary of Google Inc registered in India and is a software developer company which has no role in running of Google Inc.”
The judge allowed firm’s plea after plaintiff Mufti Aijaz Arshad Quasmi’s counsel Santosh Pandey did not oppose dropping the names of the firms.
Google Inc, Facebook India, Facebook Inc, Blogspot, YouTube and Orkut are the six parties remaining in the civil lawsuit.
Other names dropped from the lawsuit are Exbii, IMC India, My Lot, Shyni Blog, Topix, Zombie Time and BroadReader. The other major names that are still a defendant in the suit are Facebook India and its parent company based in the U.S. Two other technology majors Yahoo and Microsoft were recently dropped from the case.
Google recently said that banning or monitoring online content would breach the fundamental right of speech and expression guaranteed by the country's constitution.
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