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Will it impact the Mehdi case?

Will the Supreme Court striking down Section 66 A of the Information Technology Act weaken the case against pro-IS tweeter Mehdi Masroor Biswas, who was arrested by the city police last year?

Mehdi has been booked under Section 66 F of the IT Act, 2000, for cyber terrorism and Section 66 A of the IT Act, 2000, for posting offensive messages, apart from a host of other sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, 2012. Cyber law expert Pavan Duggal had told The Hindu that the challenge that the investigators in the case face was to prove criminal intent of striking terror in the minds of the people. If the investigators fail to prove the criminal intent, the only section under which he could be convicted is under Section 66 A of the IT Act, which has now been struck down by the Supreme Court.

However, the investigators in the case are confident of securing a conviction in the case under Section 66 F for cyber terrorism. A senior official, who led the probe, said the city police would shortly be filing the charge sheet. He claimed the police have a strong case under the Indian Penal Code and the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, 2012, apart from the IT Act.

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