The Delhi High Court on Tuesday (October 5) refused to issue notice to former Congress president Rahul Gandhi on a petition seeking registration of FIR and appropriate legal action against him for disclosing sensitive information about the 9-year-old rape victim of Delhi Cantonment and publishing pictures of her parents on his Twitter handle.
The High Court passed the order on a petition filed by social activist Makarand Suresh Mhadlekar, seeking directions to the NCPCR, the Delhi Police Commissioner and micro-blogging site Twitter to initiate legal action against Rahul for violation of Section 74 of the Juvenile Justice Act, 2015 and Section 23 of the POCSO Act, 2012, for posting pictures of family members of the rape victim.
The bench led by Chief Justice D.N. Patel and also comprising Justice Jyoti Singh, issued notice to Respondent No 4/ Twitter and listed the matter for further hearing on November 30. The Bench was informed on the last date of hearing that the Twitter account of the Congress leader has been blocked as the alleged tweet was in violation of Twitter’s policy.
The Commission further said that Rahul Gandhi had violated the POCSO Act by revealing a rape victim’s identity. A Delhi-based lawyer had also filed a complaint with the Delhi Police against the Gandhi scion.