Social networking websites Facebook and YouTube were on Saturday issued notices by a Delhi court on a suit filed by an advocate seeking directions to them to remove the objectionable hate speech by Majlis-e-Ittehadul MLA Akbaruddin Owaisi in December 2012 in Andhra Pradesh.
Civil Judge Vikrant Vaid issued notices seeking their response by June 5.
The petitioner has said in the suit that though Owaisi has already been booked last year for having made the hate speech, the video of his speech is still available on facebook.com, youtube.com and on the website of 4tv, a news channel, which was also issued notice by the court on Saturday.
He said he has filed the suit now as he came across the video on the website in the recent past and found it objectionable. Seeking directions to the websites to remove the video and also any other content likely to hurt religious sentiments of any community, the petitioner said, “… everyone can visit the website of the defendants and open the link to the video and make his/her comments after viewing the same”.
“The comments made by the viewers are also highly objectionable,” he said.
“The acts and omissions of the defendants (websites) are promoting communalism in secular India. Not only the plaintiffs but all citizens who believe in a secular, socialist and democratic India are aggrieved by the video in question,” the court was told.
The MIM legislator had made certain remarks challenging a particular community for “test of strength”.