Musician TM Krishna Moves Madras High Court Against Centre’s IT Rules

Chennai: Carnatic musician TM Krishna moved the Madras High Court against the Centre’s new IT rules for social media platforms on Thursday. Krishna is known to be a vocal critic of the Narendra Modi government.

Krishna in his petition stated that the Information Technology (Guidelines for Intermediaries and Digital Media Ethics Code Rules) 2021 is imposing “arbitrary, vague and unreasonable” restrictions.

The bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy at the Madras High Court directed Additional Solicitor General R Sankaranarayanan to file a reply in three weeks’ time.

“As far as I am concerned, privacy like music itself is an experience. When I think of privacy, I think of life, intimacy, experience, discovery, security, happiness, the lack of fear, and freedom to create. I think of liberty, dignity, and choice as facets inherent in me and not just as an artist but as a human being.

“As a person interested in exploring the boundaries of Carnatic music and taking the art form beyond its existing narrow social confines, the endeavour of my art is to ask difficult questions. My apprehension is that the work I produce in trying to reshape art will fall foul of the Code of Ethics contained in the impugned rules,” Krishna contended.

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