The Delhi High Court has stayed the imposition of Rs 1.1 million fine levied by the Union Home Ministry on the Internet portal Yahoo for not imparting information about nearly a dozen yahoo IDs and IP addresses who are suspected to be Islamic Terrorists and Maoists.
On a petition by the portal challenging the government's decision, the Court also issued a notice to the Central Government.
In its petition, Yahoo has raised the question on the right to privacy of a company that stores such sensitive data and the extent to which authorities can coerce it to part with the information considered necessary to either track terror perpetrators or thwart future attacks.
The government cannot under the cloak of national security implications bypass legal procedures, the petitioner has argued, claiming the section and clauses invoked by the Government to demand information from Yahoo does not empower the government to do so.
Pursuant to the blast outside the High Court early this year, many emails were received by the Ministry claiming responsibility for the blast and it had asked Yahoo to furnish details of these email ID.