Search engine’s director moves HC over obscenity charge

Mumbai- A director of the ‘’ has moved the Bombay High Court seeking to quash a criminal complaint which alleges that the website, through the search engine linked to it, disseminates obscene material.

Sunil N Phatarphekar, one of the non-executive directors of Rediff, filed the petition after a lower court issued process against the website and its directors, despite experts’ report that it would be impossible for a search engine to censor results of any search.

The High Court is scheduled to hear the case after two weeks. Abhinav Bhatt, a law student based in Pune, filed a complaint with a Magistrate’s court in June 2000, alleging that Rediff has committed offence under section 292 of IPC.

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