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HC judge recuses from hearing plea against WhatsApp
1 min read.Updated: 15 Jan 2021, 11:55 PM ISTRicha Banka
Singh said the e-mail was completely unwarranted because she was anyway going to recuse herself from hearing the case filed by lawyer Chaitanya Rohilla, who argues WhatsApp’s updated policy “virtually gives a 360-degree profile into a person’s online activity", thus violating the individual’s right to privacy.
When the matter was listed on Friday, Singh mentioned the e-mail in open court. “The court has received an e-mail. I take strong objection to that. There was no need to send this e-mail. I was myself not going to hear this matter," she said.
Senior advocates Kapil Sibal and Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for WhatsApp, acceded that the email should not have been sent. Advocate Tejas Karia, who sent the e-mail on behalf of WhatsApp, apologized to the court and said he would withdraw it.
The court posted the matter for Monday, when it will be heard by a different bench, subject to the orders of the chief justice of the high court.
Rohilla’s plea said Facebook-owned WhatApp’s new norms jeopardize the security of the nation by allowing user data to be shared, transmitted, and stored in another country.