The Supreme Court on Thursday said that no person should be arrested for posting objectionable comments on social networking sites without the permission of senior police officials.
The court also directed all states and union territories to comply with the Centre's advisory on arresting people for their comments on websites.
The court made these observations while hearing a plea that challenged the arrest of a human rights activist from Andhra Pradesh.
He was apprehended last week for posting allegedly defamatory comments against a Congress leader on Facebook.
Jaya Vindyala, a lawyer and president of the Andhra Pradesh unit of People's Union for Civil Liberties, was arrested in Hyderabad on Sunday afternoon for her comments against A Krishnamohan, a Congress MLA from Chirala in Prakasam district. (ANI)