Extradition /Summons for Facebook and Google in India
October 10, 2012
Source: MM Network
Union home ministry official suggested initiating extradition proceedings to secure the presence of some US-based websites, including Facebook and Google, in a criminal case launched against them for allegedly hosting "objectionable Content."
Appearing in the court in response to its summons to him, the Home Ministry's under secretary Amar Chand referred to the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLat) between the US and India and requested for extradition instead of issuing summonses against them. According to the treaty, even if the court issued summonses to these websites, the legal process would take a lot of time.
However the Metropolitan Magistrate (MM) Jay Thareja refused to initiate the extradition and directed the official to assist his lawyers in completing the formalities for serving summons to the websites concerned.
The websites named in the complaint include-Facebook, Orkut, YouTube, Yahoo, Blogspot,Google and Microsoft.
The court had also earlier directed Amar Chand to appear and explain the process of service of summonses in connection with the case filed against 21 social networking websites for allegedly committing offences of selling obscene materials to youths and criminal conspiracy.