Supreme Court voices concern over social media
'I have deleted my Twitter account,' senior advocate Harish Salve said.? Photograph: (Reuters)
A three-judge bench of the Supreme Court voiced its concerns over social media Thursday.
The bench was hearing arguments on whether a public servant or a minister can claim freedom of speech to air his or her views on a sensitive matter under investigation.
PTI reported the bench, comprising Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, AM Khanwilkar, and DY Chandrachud, as saying people disseminated incorrect information on social media -- even about court proceedings.
PTI reported senior advocate Fali S Nariman, amicus curiae to the bench, as agreeing with it.
Nariman said he had stopped looking at social media.
"I have deleted my Twitter account," PTI reported senior advocate Harish Salve as saying.
PTI reported Salve as saying that he had once appeared in a case related to a medical college and that what subsequently appeared on his Twitter feed had forced him to delete his account.
PTI reported Salve as adding that "now private players were more into infringing the privacy rights and such things are no more restricted to the state only."