New Delhi: A Delhi court on Monday accepted Yahoo India's application to remove its name from the list of social networking websites which are facing trial for broadcasting defamatory articles on their pages.

The court dismissed the plea of the complainant, Mufti Aijaz Arshad Qasmi, an Islamic researcher linked to a website run by the Islamic Peace Foundation of India, who had sought the removal of "objectionable content" from around 20 websites including Yahoo India.

The court also imposed a fine of Rs.5,000 on the complainant, Qasmi.

During the proceedings, the court heard the arguments of Yahoo India. Yahoo India requested the court to remove its name from the list of accused websites. It told the court that there was no defamatory material posted on its website.

Earlier on March 1, the court had also accepted the plea of Microsoft India seeking the removal of its name from the case. The other companies named by Qasmi in his complaint will continue to face trial.

A few companies, including Facebook and Google India, have already filed their statements in court. Facebook had told the court on February 28 that the case was filed against it with "ulterior motives". It requested the court to remove its name from the case.

(Agencies)