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Facebook India seeks 14 days to appear before Delhi Assembly

In July this year, the top court had recognized that the privileges and power of the Delhi Legislative Assembly's Committee are at par with Parliamentary privileges and those of other Legislative Assemblies.

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New Delhi Updated on: November 02, 2021 12:45 IST
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Facebook India seeks 14-day time from Delhi Assembly to appear before it

After the Delhi Legislative Assembly's committee on 'Peace & Harmony' asked Facebook India to appear before it on November 18, the latter sought 14 days time from to make the appearance and furnish a statement. In an email sent to the Committee, Facebook India said that it is selecting an appropriate officer for it. 

The Committee chaired by Delhi Jal Board Chief Raghav Chadha had earlier decided to call upon Facebook India to send an appropriate senior representative to depose on November 2 on the "role of social media in curbing the spread of false and malicious messages which can fan disharmony and affect peace". The committee is chaired by Raghav Chadha.

The Delhi Assembly had summoned Facebook India Director Ajit Mohan to appear before the committee in February this year, against which Facebook India had filed a petition in the Supreme Court.

The Committee requested Facebook "to send a competent senior representative(s) and the names/ designations of representative(s) can be intimated through email before October 31 at 4 pm or before."

Failure to send the representative could lead to the initiation of proceedings for breach of privilege or contempt of the Assembly, said the letter. 

In July this year, the top court had recognized that the privileges and power of the Delhi Legislative Assembly's Committee are at par with Parliamentary privileges and those of other Legislative Assemblies.

In the letter, Deputy Secretary (Committee) Sadanand Sah said, "Delhi had witnessed unprecedented communal disharmony and violence in February 2020. The Assembly has constituted a Committee on peace and harmony to recommend suitable measures to defuse the situation and restore harmony among religious communities, linguistic communities or social groups."

The letter further stated, "Since Facebook has lakhs of users in Delhi, the Committee has decided to hear the views of representative(s) of Facebook India on the above subject at their sitting scheduled to be held on 2nd of November, 2021 from 12.30 pm in MLA Lounge."

(With ANI Inputs)

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