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Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Draconian Act

Avnish Bajaj has finally gotten bail.

His arrest was unjustified, and reslting from what was a bad law. Some of us had a premonition that the IT Act 2000 was a ticking time bomb, and this was bound to happen some time.

In fact I remember that during a discussion on the law in one of our lectures in IIML, Sunil had said "Tomorrow if someone decides to auction porn on Baazee, then the Baazee chief will be arrested, even if he doesn't know its happening.".

The entire law is riddled with such draconian measures, and in the hurry to be one of the first countries in the world to have an IT Act, India has framed a half cooked and unfair law, with lots of scope for misuse.

Its a 21st century act written with a 19th century mindset.

Read this well written article about the entire fiasco - The Thanedaar State