digital desk, New Delhi. The Delhi High Court on Tuesday issued notice on a petition filed by journalist Aarti Tiku challenging Twitter’s decision to lock her account.
Aarti Tiku had challenged Twitter’s decision to lock her account and delete her tweets allegedly in violation of hateful conduct rules.
Seeking the response of the Center and Twitter Inc, a single bench of Justice Rekha Palli gave three weeks time to file counter-affidavit in the matter and two weeks to file rejoinder.
The journalist, who is identified as a member of the Kashmiri Pandit community, had approached the court in his petition following the ban on his account in the microblogging platform. Tiku’s case is that he had posted a tweet about the threats made to his brother and the actions of Kashmiri Islamists.
Referring to the tapes of threats made to his cousin on Twitter, Tiku has said in the petition that the action taken by Twitter to lock his account is in violation of Article 21, as it is a violation of his right to speak as well as his life. .
He has argued that it forces him to relive the trauma he experienced as a refugee in his own country.
According to the petition, on December 14, 2021, Tiku’s cousin participated in a Twitter space discussion in which he was called an Indian agent and other charges have been leveled against him.
On 15 December, tagging the handle of the Home Minister’s office on Twitter, Aarti Tiku, founder and editor of The New Indian, posted a tweet that read, “My brother who lives in Srinagar, jihadis sitting in Kashmir-India.” Openly threatened by terrorists and their masters in Pakistan, UK and US. Is anyone watching? Are we waiting for Islamists to shoot or will you act against them?
Their petition also states that it is clear that the arbitrary action of respondent No. 2 in suspending the account of the petitioner merely for invoking radical Islamism is something which deserves to be condemned and quashed.
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