Delhi High Court respite for heads of Facebook and Google

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The Delhi High Court on Thursday exempted the heads of Facebook and Google, named as accused in an objectionable content case, from appearing personally in a trial court...

The Delhi High Court on Thursday exempted the heads of Facebook and Google, named as accused in an objectionable content case, from appearing personally in a trial court. Justice Suresh Kait, however, refused to pass an order staying the trial in the lower court, which will take it up on March 13.

Lawyers will appear for both the social networking sites on that date along with those of 19 other social networking companies named in the complaint. Vinay Rai, a Delhi-based journalist, has accused the sites of hosting objectionable content that allegedly goes against national "harmony, integration and interest".

The government counsel told the high court that the sanction authority had been satisfied by the report filed by the Delhi Police on the content available on the website. It also said the sanction report had been provided to the trial court, giving it the green light to prosecute the companies.