Delhi High Court imposes ₹100,00 fine on retired IPS officer M Nageswara Rao

M Nageswara Rao

DELHI: On Tuesday, Delhi High Court Tuesday imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on former CBI interim Director and retired IPS officer M Nageswara Rao. He filed a petition against Twitter’s decision to withdraw the blue verification tick from his account.

In this case, Justice Yashwant Varma said there was “absolutely no justification” that warranted filing of the petition when a similar plea was disposed of by the court on April 7. The court last month had granted Rao the liberty to reapply for the verification, and on Tuesday questioned why he had approached the court so soon thereafter.

“The court further provides that it shall be open to the petitioner to pursue appropriate remedies as may be available in law in case he faces any adverse decision made by the private respondent,” Justice Varma had said in the order passed last month.

In his fresh petition, Rao said that the action of Twitter is violative of various provisions of the Constitution “as it is an impairment of the right to free speech”.

In March, Twitter removed the blue tick. Rao, in his petition also argued that Twitter performs “a public function” and qualifies as a ‘State’ for the purposes of Article 12 of the Constitution of India. Writs can be issued to it under Article 226 of the constitution, it was contended.

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(MARCH – APRIL 2022)


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