Karnataka HC dismisses Aakar Patel's application

Mr. Aakar Patel, a human rights activist and author, approached the Karnataka High Court seeking permission to intervene in an ongoing petition filed by Twitter challenging blocking orders issued by Union of India under S.69A of the Information Technology Act, 2000 (‘IT Act, 2000). Mr. Patel, whose Twitter Account was blocked in June 2020, approached the Court to highlight how the Government of India is censoring Twitter accounts without even hearing affected users or providing them copies of blocking orders. The Karnataka High Court declined to permit Mr. Patel to intervene because other users would also approach the Court in a dispute which is between Twitter and the Union of India. Senior Advocate V Srinivasa Raghavan appeared on behalf of Mr. Patel and Keystone Partners, and IFF provided legal support.

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://internetfreedom.in/karnataka-hc-refuses-to-permit-an-impacted-user-to-intervene-in-twitters-petition-against-censorship-orders/