New Delhi: Armed with a Delhi court order restraining social-networking sites from webcasting any "anti-religious" content that promotes communal disharmony, representatives from Muslim, Christian and other religious communities on Thursday met Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal seeking stringent action against such internet platforms.

According to a Telecom Ministry official, a group of over 100 delegates, including representatives from all religious communities like imams, ulemas and Christian priests, social activists, journalists and advocates met Sibal and handed over a memorandum against the "illegal" activities of websites like Facebook, Google and Yahoo.

The delegation urged for "legal action as early as possible as otherwise it may create communal disharmony and other kind of problem throughout the nation."

The minister assured the delegation that the government will consider appropriate action against companies which post offensive content.

On Wednesday, a Delhi court had restrained social-networking sites including Facebook, Google and Youtube from webcasting any "anti-religious" or "anti-social" content promoting hatred or communal disharmony.

Reacting to the court's order, Google India today said, "We believe that access to information is the foundation of a free society. Google Search helps spread knowledge, enabling people to find out about almost anything by typing a few words into a computer.

"And services like YouTube and Google+ help users to express themselves and share different points of view. Where content is illegal or breaks our terms of service we will continue to remove it." Additional Civil Judge Mukesh Kumar, in an ex-parte order, directed the social networking websites to remove the objectionable content in the form of photographs, videos or text which might hurt religious sentiments.

The court passed the order on a civil suit filed by Mufti Aijaz Arshad Qasmi through advocate Santosh Pandey who had also submitted the printouts of the contents.

The order came amid a raging controversy over monitoring the content on Internet and of those websites depending on user generated contents, which arose after reports that Union Telecommunications Minister Kapil Sibal had asked the social networking websites to "screen" the contents.

The court, which entertained the petition, issued summons officials of 22 social networking websites including Fecebook, Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, Orkut and Youtube asking them to respond to its notice by December 24 and directed the court staff to keep all the documents and CD provided by the petitioner in a sealed cover.

The court said on perusal of the documents provided by the plaintiff there was apprehension of mischief in the public if the alleged objectionable contents are allowed to be displayed.

(Agencies)