MHA asks paramilitary forces to ban Facebook for personnel; Delhi HC quashes plea seeking interim relief from decision
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: A letter has been sent by the Ministry of Home Affairs to all paramilitary forces, including CRPF, ITBP, BSF, CISF, and NSG, which has asked the forces to ban Facebook for the serving as well as formerly serving personnel who continue to remain in touch with the army personnel after their service too.
An email sent from the office of Minister of State (Home) G. Kishan Reddy to all the Central Armed Police Force organisations that the ban should be laid on to the ‘entire force’.
“This ban should be extended to the entire force like CRPF, ITBP, and ex-servicemen too because they are generally in touch with our armed forces. Ideally, India should have our own app like Facebook or Instagram to which no foreign country should have access,” an email sent to the CAPFs reads, ANI reported.
Army banned the use of Facebook and Instagram already
Indian Army had already banned its personnel from using social networking platforms like Facebook and Instagram. To that, a senior army officer of Lieutenant Colonel rank filed a petition in the Delhi High Court, challenging Army’s policy of banning social media platforms. According to the policy, army personnel either has to delete his/her social media accounts or put in his/her papers.
A Delhi High Court bench led by Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw and Justice Asha Menon did not give interim relief to the senior army officer against the decision and said that such question doesn’t arise since the ‘matter has the potential of concerning the safety and security of the country’.
When contended by Lieutenant General PK Choudhary that once deleted, the loss would be “irreversible” from his Facebook account, the court said: “You are part of an organisation. You have to abide by its mandate.”
Delhi High Court further said, "If you are so dear to FB, then put in your papers. See you have to make a choice, what do you want to do. You have other choices which are also irreversible."
(With ANI Inputs)
Posted By: Talib Khan