New Delhi: Facebook India Vice President Ajit Mohan on Tuesday moved the Supreme Court against a notice sent to him by the Delhi Assembly regarding the Facebook’s “role” in the horrific Delhi riots earlier this year.Also Read - Delhi Assembly Passes Resolution Against Rakesh Asthana's Appointment
A three-judge bench of the top court, headed by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul, will hear the petition tomorrow via video conferencing. Also Read - Delhi Riots: Natasha Narwal, Devangana Kalita Released from Prison on Bail
The Delhi Assembly had sent a fresh notice to Mohan and ‘summoned’ him to appear before it on September 23. However, the Facebook head, who is being represented by Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, challenged that he was not compelled to appear before the Delhi Assembly, since the issue was already being heard by a parliamentary panel. Also Read - 'Line Between Right To Protest And Terrorist Activity Seems to be Getting Blurred', High Court Grants Bail to Activists in Delhi Riots Case
The final warning to the social media giant was issued by a committee chaired by Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Raghav Chadha after the Facebook chief did not appear for his deposition during the last meeting of the panel.
Chadha had said the non-appearance of the top Facebook official to depose before the committee was a contempt of the Delhi Legislative Assembly as well as the people of the national capital.
The hearing by the Assembly panel started in the backdrop of a Wall Street Journal report that claimed that a senior Facebook India policy executive had intervened in internal communication to stop a permanent ban on a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lawmaker from Telangana after he allegedly shared communally-charged posts on the social media platform.
Several representatives of Facebook India were earlier summoned by a Parliamentary panel led by Congress leader Shashi Tharoor to discuss the allegations regarding “hate speech” on the social media platform.