HC allows summons via Whatsapp

Case filed by Tata Sons over 35 unidentified email ids

The Delhi High Court has allowed the use of social network platforms like Whatsapp and email in judicial proceedings. Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw has allowed the plaintiff to serve the summons on one of the defendants through Whatsapp, text message and email.

‘Baseless allegations’

“The plaintiffs are permitted to serve the defendant by text message as well as through Whatsapp and email and to file affidavit of the service,” the court said. It was hearing a case filed by Tata Sons alleging that 35 unidentified email ids were being used since December, 2015 to circulate “unwarranted, defamatory and baseless allegations questioning the integrity and educational qualification” of one of its officials. Three internet service providers (ISPs) were also made parties to the suit.

It had, therefore, sought a permanent injunction against the circulation of such content, demanding that all such email ids be blocked. The court’s orders issued last December had compelled the ISPs to reveal under a sealed cover identities of 35 anonymous email addresses from which the derogatory material was disseminated. While three defendants were served at their addresses, the fourth respondent was served via Whatsapp, email and text message after summons could not be completed at his available address.

A letter from the Editor

Dear reader,

We have been keeping you up-to-date with information on the developments in India and the world that have a bearing on our health and wellbeing, our lives and livelihoods, during these difficult times. To enable wide dissemination of news that is in public interest, we have increased the number of articles that can be read free, and extended free trial periods. However, we have a request for those who can afford to subscribe: please do. As we fight disinformation and misinformation, and keep apace with the happenings, we need to commit greater resources to news gathering operations. We promise to deliver quality journalism that stays away from vested interest and political propaganda.

Support Quality Journalism
Recommended for you
This article is closed for comments.
Please Email the Editor

Printable version | Jun 2, 2020 12:48:58 PM |

Next Story