WhatsApp: WhatsApp group administrator not responsible for objectionable posts of a member: High court

There is relief news for the millions of group admin in the country who run the WhatsApp group. Now no member of his group can be held responsible for the objectionable post nor can he be prosecuted. The Bombay High Court gave this statement while hearing a case. 

The Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court has said that the admin of the WhatsApp group cannot be prosecuted for an objectionable post by another member of the group. Along with this, the court dismissed the sexual harassment case filed against the 33-year-old man. This court order came last month, But its copy became available on 22 April. A bench of Justice ZA Haque and Justice AB Borkar held that the admin of WhatsApp only has the authority to add or remove members of the group and does not have the ability to control or block any post or content put in the group.

Court orders on this petition

The court passed the order on a petition filed by Kishore Tarone (33), a group admin of WhatsApp. Tarone has filed against himself in Gondia district in 2016, sections 354-A (1) (4) (obscene remarks) of the Indian Penal Code, 509 (violating the dignity of a woman), 107 (abetment), and section 67 of the Information Technology Act (electronic The publication of objectionable material in the draft) was requested to be dismissed. According to the prosecution, Tarone failed to take action against a member of his WhatsApp group who had made lewd and indecent remarks against a female member in the group.

Group member responsible for objectionable post

The bench said in its order that the essence of the case is whether the administrator of a WhatsApp group can be prosecuted for an objectionable post made by a member of the group. The court said that once the group is formed, the administrator can only remove it. He does not have the right to stop objectionable posts, so the group member should be responsible for such posts. 

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