Going against the new IT rules issued by the Union government, well-known musician and activist, TM Krishna has gone to the Madras High Court to challenge them. His petition was heard by the court on Thursday and proceeded to send a notice to the Union government and has requested a response in three weeks. In the said petition, TM Krishna has mentioned that the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021, are in infringement on his fundamental rights and are above and beyond the clutches of its parent statute, the IT Act 2000.
His petition mentioned that “Without privacy, it’s impossible to create and perform. And the privacy that ought to be afforded to us all is intrinsically linked with our right to freedom of expression.” He also mentioned that the Supreme Court passed a judgment in 2017 which stated that the right to privacy is implicit under Article 21 of the Constitution that guarantees the right to life to each citizen in India.
In addition to that Krishna added that he has concerns regarding Part II of the rules and the effect it may have on expression and speech. Though a lot of his concerns were surrounding music and his musical expression and career being affected, he also had questions and concerns regarding privacy, structural barriers, and the absence of clarity.