Social media has become a platform to say anything, says Kerala HC

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Kochi: The Kerala High Court on Thursday observed that it is tragic that the social media has turned into a platform to say anything. Social media can be an forum when it is managed by good people. But for others, it becomes a place to express their evil intents and tastes, the court pointed out.

Justice Devan Ramachandran's criticism on Thursday comes in the backdrop of former sub-judge SS Sudeep remark over the court verdict in Monson Mavunkal case. Following this, the former judicial officer was given a chance to explain, despite the fact that the court has the provision to file a case as per the contempt of court against him. However, this order was also mocked through a social media post, the court viewed.

The internet is a great platform for freedom of expression. I am a great admirer of it. But some individuals misuse the freedom they have. There are also others who encourage them on social media by giving feedbacks to such posts. But, there will be no one to experience its repercussions. This is why even those who view freedom in its right way feel the need for control in social media, the court stated.

The former judicial officer is trying to get attention at the expense of the court. Therefore, the summons issued to appear in court was revoked. Sudeep did not appear in the court on Thursday despite receiving the notice to appear in person. Further, the court directed the registry to take action on Sudeep's social media posts with the permission of the Chief Justice.

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