The bank said the preliminary injunction dated January 28, 2020, based on the statement by Ramdev’s counsel that no contempt will be issued against the appellants, will be continued.

The Delhi Supreme Court said Monday it would hear pleas from internet and social media giants Facebook, Twitter and Google on May 10 challenging an order that ordered them to link to a video containing defamatory accusations against yoga guru Ramdev on a global basis.

A bench of judges Rajiv Shakdher and Jasmeet Singh listed the appeals ahead of the hearing in May, asking the parties to submit written comments at least three days before the next hearing date. The bank said the January 28, 2020 interim injunction, based on the statement by Ramdev’s counsel that no contempt will be issued against the appellants, will be continued.

Facebook, Twitter and Google have challenged the October 23, 2019, single judge’s order ordering them and Google’s subsidiary YouTube to immediately remove, block or disable worldwide links to a video containing defamatory accusations against Ramdev.

The standalone judge had ruled that merely ‘geo-blocking’ or disabling access to the defamatory content for viewers from India, as agreed by the social media platforms, would not be enough, as users living here can access it in other ways. can get to.

“There is an obligation on the intermediary “” \n platforms) to disable access, which should be read as disabling access completely and not partially disabling access,” the court had said.

The court noted that “the race between technology and the law could be referred to as a hare and tortoise race – as technology gallops, the law tries to keep pace,” the court had said that the provisions of the information technology law would affect a way to ensure that court orders are effective and “not toothless”.

The court had ordered the social media platforms that all abusive material uploaded from India to the platforms’ computer network “must be disabled and blocked on a global basis”.

The court issued the injunction after the social media platforms said they had no objection to blocking the URLs and disabling them, but as far as access in India is concerned, they oppose the removal/blocking/disabling of the URLs. defamatory content on a worldwide basis.

The defamatory video contained excerpts from a book about Ramdev that had to be removed by the Supreme Court in September 2018. On September 29, 2018, the Supreme Court barred the publisher and author of the book “Godman to Tycoon” from publishing it until the offending parts were removed, the judge had noted.

In its October 23, 2019 ruling, the court had said, “The content of the video to the extent it paraphrases content to be removed from the book is considered defamatory. A reading of the video transcript and the offensive portion of the book shows the obvious similarity and on the face of it, notes that the video is derived from the book and is therefore defamatory.”

“In any case, this matter is debatable insofar as the video begins by stating that it is based on the book. The defamatory nature of the video cannot therefore be disputed,” said the court.

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