Delhi HC dismisses plea moved by former CBI chief against removal of his Twitter verification tag

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NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday dismissed a plea by former Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Director and retired IPS officer M Nageshwara Rao. The high court also imposed a cost of Rs 10,000 on Rao. The petitioner had moved against the micro blogging site Twitter for removing the verified tag (Blue Tick) from his account.

Justice Yashwant Varma dismissed the plea with a cost. Justice Varma noted that a similar petition with identical prayer was disposed of on April 7, 2022. The court had granted liberty to Rao to reapply for verification. Thereafter Rao had reapplied for verification tag but that was not reinstated by the Twitter. Then, he had moved the petition before the High court.

While dismissing the fresh plea, the bench noted that there was absolutely no justification which warranted the writ petition to be filed bearing in mind that the earlier writ petition was disposed of on April 7.

Rao had moved a petition against the central government and Twitter through Advocate Mukesh Sharma. Advocate Raghav Awasthi had argued on behalf of petitioner. The petitioner stated that the high court, while disposing of the plea by the petitioner, had granted liberty to reapply for verification tag. In pursuance of the said order, the petitioner had reapplied, but till date the verification tag is not reinstated.

The petition stated that verification tag from the Twitter account was removed from the Twitter handle on March 16, 2022. The petition also stated the said action of the respondent was arbitrary and in violation of Articles 14, 19 and 21 of the Constitution of India. The petitioner approached the grievance officer through email on the same day. The petitioner had also complained to the central government. (ANI)

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