Avnish Bajaj Redux? Supreme Court Denies Relief To Google In Criminal Defamation ProceedingsDefamation Law, Legal
In its judgment in Google India Pvt. Ltd. vs M/s Visakha Industries, delivered on Dec. 10, 2019, the Supreme Court denied to quash defamation proceedings against Google for its failure to expeditiously remove allegedly defamatory material from its ‘Google Group’ service. The case is significant for online intermediaries operating in India, as it holds that online intermediaries may be liable as a ‘publisher’ in criminal defamation proceedings under the Indian Penal Code in certain circumstances.
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