Panel to discuss amendments to Section 66A of IT Act today

Sibal had earlier said that there had been abuse of the Section, but there is a need to law enforcement agencies sensitive and "it is not the intent of this law that any innocuous statement is liable to be acted upon ...arbitrary arrests can't be made".

Analysts estimate that eight out of 10 cases of violation of the Section are of legitimate speech or people voicing legitimate opinions which is not illegal.

"The law is misused because there is a difference between the intent of the person drafting and finally implementing it," added an official of an industry association of Internet service providers.

Another official who did not wish to be named, said: "Though the ministry says there is nothing wrong with the Section, the fact is that it gives discretion to determine what is harmful and annoyance. However, till that time, the person goes through irreparable agony and mental trauma."

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