Mehta clarifies that politicians have Right to Freedom of Expression.
Mehta: These are some of the things which may help me justify the Internet shutdown.
Advocate Vrinda Grover: We spoke about Kashmir valley and border regions
Justice Ramana inquires what hashtags are.
ASG Vikramjit Banerjee explains to the Court how hashtags function on social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook
Grover seeks to intervene in this issue.
Grover: We have no problem. But they should claim privilege.
Justice Reddy: If technicality is to be followed then even intervenors have a limited scope but you have been given detailed hearing
Sibal: Let us assume privilege. That there wil one interferences from across the border, we all know so the Court need not rely on sealed cover material
Mehta: Yes, media persons have been given permissions since 7 Aug, they have media convention centre which has internet.
Mehta reads out passages from certain articles on the role of social media in modern terrorism
Grover suggests that while this is a menace, here exist cyber cells to verify what is morphed and what is authentic.
Mehta: Telegram is an app, not the kind of telegram we used to use earlier. This is like WhatsApp.
Justice Gavai: And it is more secure than WhatsApp?
Mehta: It is believed to be.
Mehta: Not in the day time..it's imposed in some areas at night time
Mehta says he will take instructions on the same.
Meanwhile,intervenors to make submissions.
Justice Ramana: In all fairness, you should have brought it to the Court's notice (wrt the relaxations and publication of Kashmir Times from Srinagar)
Sibal: Yes, exported at throwaway prices through private efforts because they could not be sold