Carnatic music singer TM Krishna challenges digital media code of conduct rule in court

Chennai, June 10 (PTI) Eminent Carnatic music vocalist TM Krishna has filed a petition in the Madras High Court challenging the Information Technology (Guidelines for Intermediate Institutions and Digital Media Code of Conduct) Rules, 2021.

Krishna urged the court to declare the new rules superseding the Constitution and the original Information Technology Act as “these rules, among other things, adversely affect free expression”.

His plea has also sought an interim stay on the new rules notified on February 25, 2021. It came up for hearing on Thursday before the first bench of Chief Justice Sanjeev Banerjee and Justice Senthil Kumar Ramamurthy.

After hearing the preliminary arguments, the bench directed Krishna’s counsel to give a copy of the petition filed to Additional Solicitor General R Sankaranarayanan to file a counter affidavit to the Centre.

According to the petitioner, the new rules violate the freedom of expression, practice of any profession and protection of life and personal liberty which are enshrined in the Constitution.

Krishna said the new rules violated his authority as an artist and cultural commentator. He demanded to declare the new rules invalid.

The bench said the matter would be heard after four weeks.

The new rules have already been challenged in the Delhi, Karnataka and Kerala High Courts.

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