X, formerly known as Twitter and now owned by Elon Musk, has filed an appeal against the High Court of Karnataka’s decision to impose a penalty of ₹50 lakh on the platform, first reported by Moneycontrol.
The penalty was levied in response to X’s plea challenging a few blocking orders issued by the Indian government.
This marks the first legal confrontation between X and the Indian government since Musk took ownership of the platform. The appeal was filed in the high court, challenging the court’s interpretation of X’s rights under Article 21 of the Constitution and the application of Section 69A of the Information Technology Act, 2000.
The dispute dates back to June 2022, when the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) served notices to X (then Twitter), alleging non-compliance with the IT Rules, 2021. X is also contesting the court’s decision to uphold the blocking of 29 accounts and is asking the court to set aside the ₹50 lakh penalty.
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