Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Twitter blue tick: Delhi High Court removes cost imposed on former CBI director

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The Delhi High Court has removed the costs which was imposed on the former CBI Director M Nageswara Rao after he filed a petition demanding a blue tick on his Twitter handle.

The former CBI director has given an unconditional apology and his lawyers told the court that the petition crossed the boundary of reasonableness and that all he was asking was his identity on Twitter.

The Single-judge Justice Yashwant Varma accepting the apology and understanding the issue has ordered that the cost imposed be removed.

On May 17,2022, the Delhi High Court had imposed fine of Rs. 25,000 on the director for filing a petition seeking restoration of verification tag on his twitter , just after a month when the court had passed order in this regard.

The verification tag of the director was removed by the micro-blogging website in March.

A petition had been filed by Rao earlier as well,but the court had refused to interfere asking the retired IPS officer to approach Twitter with his complaint first.

In his current petition, Rao said that he had written several mails to the social media platform but, as expected, his verification tag was not restored.

In his petition, Rao also sought sought direction to the Central government for designating or earmarking Compliance and Grievance officers within the Ministry.

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