NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday sought an explanation from the Uttar Pradesh police over the arrest of class XI student for sharing a post against senior Samajwadi Party leader and the state minister Azam Khan.
The court directed the Uttar Pradesh government to respond in 4 weeks for arresting a class 11 student under Section 66A of the Information Technology Act and asked the state police to file a response.
Soli Sorabjee, the senior advocate, drew the attention of the bench to the apex court's May 16, 2013, advisory which made it clear that no case would be lodged under the controversial provision of the law unless and until there is an approval from high ranking officers like IG or DCP.
The boy has been released on bail after a local court sent him to 14 days judicial custody on Wednesday.
The boy, a student of Woodrow School in Bareilly, was arrested by police for allegedly posting remarks on social networking site against Azam Khan following a complaint filed by the latter’s media in-charge Fasahat Ali on March 15.