"The Supreme Court verdict is a positive development and a right step as it (order) aligns with the provisions of the IT Act," National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) president R. Chandrashekhar welcomed.

Earlier in the day, the Apex Court struck down the relevant section as it violated Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution, which guarantees freedom of speech and expression to the citizens.

Welcoming the historic judgment, Chandrashekhar said the apex court had also ruled that section 79(3) of the IT Act could be invoked only by a court order and not by an executive order.

"The apex court's observation on section 79 (3) makes its application subject to a court order and not an executive order, as has been the case so far. The new interpretation will make the administration (executive) liable for action if the section is invoked without a legal sanction," Chandrashekhar pointed out.

Noting that the IT Act of 2000 was enacted for proper use of information technology (IT) and in conformity with the country's laws, the former telecom secretary said disruptive technologies cannot take away the people's fundamental rights in a democratic country like India.

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