Court orders interim unblocking of anti-IIPM URLs

Last Updated: Fri, Mar 01, 2013 10:16 hrs

Dabra: The Dabra court in Gwalior has ordered the anti-IIPM URLs blocked by an earlier judgement to be unblocked in the interim. The next hearing of the case will be on March 14. 

Ruchiv Sharma, who ran an affiliate centre of the IIPM in Dabra, filed the original petition. Sharma had claimed that the content of these URLs was defamatory and affecting his business. The court, on January 29, had ordered all 78 URLs blocked - including one belonging to the University Grant Commission and several belonging to major news organizations. 

The move caused uproar on the Internet where IIPM and its head Arindam Chaudhuri was accused of suppressing legitimate criticism. 

A counter petition was filed by the Department of Telecommunications after the blocking of the UGC website, which was accepted by the court and the block has been lifted for the interim.

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