New Delhi: US-based search engine Google Inc, facing a civil lawsuit with 21 other websites for supposedly hosting offensive contents on its web posts, has told a Delhi court that the blanket ban and scrutinized of material would be against the right to freedom of speech and expression guaranteed under the Indian Constitution.
In a respond, filed before Administrative Civil Judge Parveen Singh, Google Inc said that “Its mission is to organise the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. Most services offered by it are premised on sharing of information and knowledge without the exercise of any editorial control or of monitoring by it.”
The US giant is being impleaded as a party in the civil suit filed by Mufti Aijaz Arshad Qasmi through his lawyer Santosh Pandey looking for to hold down it and 21 other websites from posting offensive contents and removal of existing ones from their web posts.
Seeking to save the case against it, the company said that a blanket ban on assured contents from being carried by policy would not be legal, given the fact that the Constitution guarantees the right to freedom of speech and expression.
Google Inc also filed written statements on behalf of its subsidiaries, Orkut and Youtube saying that they offer a range of products and services that have been developed with the intent of providing platforms for the replace of ideas to enable communication and to allow access of information.
It said that orkut.com, blogspot.com, blogger.com and youtube.com are the online platforms helps access to information and entertainment and the content is user made.