WhatsApp group admin won’t be held criminally liable for an offensive post by a member

WhatsApp group admin won’t be held criminally liable for an offensive post by a member

A WhatsApp Messenger’s group admin won’t be held criminally obligated after an offensive post by a WhatsApp group member, the Nagpur division bench of the High Court of Bombay has held and revoked sexual harassment case registered against a 33 yr old man. The FIR has given approval a month ago and a duplicate issue of the copy was made accessible on the 22nd of April.

A petition was recorded against a group admin alongside one member 5 years ago for not taking strict action against an individual who said dirty and obscene language against a lady in the WhatsApp group. It was supposed that the group admin didn’t eliminate the person from the Whatsapp group or requested that he give an apology.

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Bombay High Court’s Nagpur bench headed by Justice Zaka Azizul Haq and A B Borkar noticed that a WhatsApp group admin has just restricted powers of adding or removing individuals from the WhatsApp group. He was looking to revoke the body of evidence enlisted against him in Gondia district 5 yrs ago under IPC Section 354A – Sexual harassment, IPC 509 (Word, gesture or act intended to offending the modesty of a lady), and IPC 107 (Abetment of a thing) and Section 67 of IT Act 2000: Scope, Misuse and the Striking Inadequacy.

The Nagpur division bench stated that “When the Whatsapp group is made, working of the admin and that of the individuals is at standard with one another, aside from the power of adding or removing individuals from the WhatsApp group. The group admin doesn’t have the ability to control, moderate or edit the substance before it is posted on the WhatsApp group.

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Be that as it may, if an individual posts something wrong, which is noteworthy under law, such individual can be held obligated under the significant section of law.” Remarking on the criminal obligation of a WhatsApp group administrator for individuals’ posts, the bench also stated that “without explicit correctional arrangement making vicarious responsibility.

An admin of a group can’t be expected to take responsibility for a frightful posts posted by an individual from the Whatsapp group, except if it is shown that there was a pre-arranged plan acting in show as per such thing by the individual and the Group admin.”

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