SC to examine plea to shut down websites with Santa Banta jokes

The Supreme Court on Monday said it will seriously examine a plea by a Sikh lawyer to shut down all websites hosting Santa-Banta jokes after it was informed that the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee had also moved the top court seeking to protect the community members from being the butt of jokes which often lead to bullying and racism in their worst forms. The Delhi Sikh Management Committee’s plea is likely to be argued by senior advocate Ram Jethmalani.

Initially the bench asked the lawyer Harvinder Chowdhury to explain who should be the arbiter of whether a joke was demeaning to the community, but later agreed to examine it with all seriousness.

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