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Delhi High Court gives direction to social media platforms for blocking sexually explicit video featuring judicial officer

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The Delhi High Court has passed an interim order today directing the social media platforms for blocking and stop the circulating the judicial officer video which allegedly shows him in a compromising position with a woman from his staff.

Justice Yashwant Varma while giving the order said that the video is explicit and is sure to cause imminent, grave and and irreparable harm to the privacy rights of the persons in the video.

The Court in its order says that keeping in mind the content of video which is sexually explicit in nature it is likely to harm the privacy rights of the plaintiff an ad interim ex parte injunction is clearly warranted.

The Court has said that the defendant shall take all permissible steps to ensure that the further sharing, distribution, forwarding or posting of the offending video is stopped.

The order was passed when the lady who was in the video stated that it was sfabrticated.It was told that a short video clip had gone viral on social media where a judicial officer was seen in a compromising position allegedly with one of his court staff.

The time stamp showed that the video was from March 2022.

The Delhi Court order also noted that entire court had taken cognisance of the video on its administrative side and passed a resolution on November 29.

The Registrar General also has written to the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY) for taking an action to block the video.

The Court, therefore, directed MEITY to take all steps as warranted in terms of the Registrar General’s communication and a file a compliance report.

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