Supreme Court not to use WhatsApp groups to share virtual court links for hearings

By: |
February 27, 2021 10:37 PM

The step was taken in the wake of the newly notified Information Technology (Guidelines for intermediaries and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021 (IT Rules, 2021)

Supreme Court, Supreme Court news, Supreme Court latest, Supreme Court notice, Supreme Court circulars, WhatsApp, virtual courts, new digital guidelinesThe new guidelines make it mandatory for platforms such as Twitter and WhatsApp to identify the originator of a message that authorities consider to be anti-national. (Reuters file photo)

The Supreme Court will no longer use WhatsApp groups to share video conference links for court hearings, the apex court registry said on Saturday. In a circular, the registry said that instead of WhatsApp, the links for virtual court hearings in the apex court will be shared on registered email ids and registered mobile numbers of the concerned advocates-on-record and party-in-person.

The step was taken in the wake of the newly notified Information Technology (Guidelines for intermediaries and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021 (IT Rules, 2021). “It is notified for the information of the Advocates-on-Record /Party-in-Persons that the creation of groups in WhatsApp for sharing of VC links for hearing of their matters is restricted/barred due to new guidelines or regulations issued by government of India pertaining to social media Apps and OTT platforms,” it said. It said the VC links shall be shared “w.e.f. March 1, 2021 through registered email ids as well as by SMS on registered mobile numbers of the Ld. Advocates-on-Record / Party-in-Persons”.

The government on Thursday announced sweeping regulations for social media firms like Facebook and Twitter as well as OTT players. The guidelines also make it mandatory for platforms such as Twitter and WhatsApp to identify the originator of a message that authorities consider to be anti-national and against the security and sovereignty of the country.

Get live Stock Prices from BSE, NSE, US Market and latest NAV, portfolio of Mutual Funds, Check out latest IPO News, Best Performing IPOs, calculate your tax by Income Tax Calculator, know market’s Top Gainers, Top Losers & Best Equity Funds. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Financial Express is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel and stay updated with the latest Biz news and updates.

Next Stories
1My phone is being tapped, will order CID probe: CM Mamata Banerjee
2Mamata Banerjee embroiled in fake secularism; time has come for her farewell: Amit Shah
3Haryana Deputy CM urges PM Modi to resume talks with protesting farmers