Bal Thackeray Facebook girls' arrest: Don't throttle dissent, says 'sad' Kapil Sibal
He also stressed the need for educating enforcement authorities on the sections of the Information Technology Act to prevent "misuse" of the Act.
"I am deeply saddened (by the arrest of the two girls). It is just their point of view and enforcement of these laws are not to ban people from expressing their views," he said.
He said sending people booked under Section 66(A) to judicial custody is not in accordance with law and suggested that it could be "illegal".
Sibal said the law itself says it is a non-bailable offence and if a person is arrested under it, he should be given bail immediately.
He said there was a need to educate enforcement agencies on how not to misuse the law and how better it can be enforced.
The two girls - Shaheen Dhada and Renu Shrinivas - were sent to 14-day judicial custody by a court before which they were produced today but were granted bail within hours after they furnished personal bonds, police said.
Dhada was arrested after she posted comments on social networking site opposing the shutdown in Mumbai. 86-year-old Thackeray was cremated yesterday.
She allegedly said that one should not observe bandh for Thackeray's funeral. "We should remember Bhagat Singh and Sukhdev," the post said.
Dhada's friend Renu was arrested for 'liking' the post.
Bal Thakerayguest | 21-Nov-2012Reply | Forward Was Bal Thakeray a mp,mla,ig,dc.was he in the govt services,why should mumbai be closed.by giving such opportunites to the goondas the center has let the people in maharastra down.dont forget maharastra does not belong to the thakerays but to india.jai hind
To regain the lost ground in MaharastraClement Stephen | 21-Nov-2012Reply | Forward By saddening in a psuedo line, Mr.Kapil is dreaming to regain the lost political ground for congress in in Maharastra.
What is the difference between Asim and these girls.Saptam | 21-Nov-2012Reply | Forward When Asim posted something against someone, police arrested him. Now these girls posted something police arrested them. But same person was justifying Asims arrest, is now saddened by these girls arrest. Being a public figure, person should understand that he has to stand by his words. You can not make fool out of public.
Crocodiles Tears?Clement Stephen | 21-Nov-2012Reply | Forward The respected Minister should ensure that the culprits are being arrested and punished rather shedding crocodiles tears. One more thing to remind the politicians..you think that you are bluffing the masses but you are definitely not..people are matured endough to understand you all.