Have right to make mistakes & not be haunted indefinitely, says plea on right to be forgotten | India News
Justice Rekha Palli Thursday issued notices asking the Union’s Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Google LLC, The Press Council of India and the Electronic Media Monitoring Center to respond to the petition submitted by Ashutosh Kaushik. The court asked the authorities to submit their responses within four weeks and listed the matter for its hearing in December.
Kaushik’s petition asserts that people have the right “to make mistakes without being persecuted by them indefinitely.” It maintains that the “right to be forgotten” reflects an individual’s claim that certain data be removed so that no one else can trace it. It also allows a person to “silence past events” in the person’s life that are no longer occurring, the petition adds.
According to the petitioner, every time his name is searched on the Internet, on various search engines, including Google, photos related to the news reports of his alleged bar fight and a traffic violation appear. He urged the court to remove all such posts, videos and photos related to him. The traffic violation attributed to him was reported in 2009 while the alleged brawl occurred in 2013.
Leading advocate Arvind Nigam, representing Google, said the “right to be forgotten” was not yet a law in the country. Kaushik’s petition states that “despite achieving outstanding success on the big screen, the petitioner had to suffer extreme psychological pain for his petty acts that were wrongly committed a decade ago.”