An Indian court, hearing a lawsuit against content deemed offensive by some in the country, quashed criminal proceedings against Yahoo! Inc (YHOO) (YHOO).’s local unit.
Officials of the Sunnyvale, California-based Yahoo’s local subsidiary won’t be required to be present at the next hearing of the case on March 13, complainant Vinay Rai’s advocate Sashi Prakash Mani Tripathi said in New Delhi today. Dana Lengkeek, a spokeswoman for Yahoo, couldn’t be reached at her office phone before normal business hours and didn’t immediately respond to an e-mail seeking comment.
The Delhi High Court decision comes after it last month exempted executives of Google Inc. (GOOG) and Facebook Inc. (FB) from appearing for the hearing in the case, granting a temporary reprieve after a lower court issued summons to them. Google’s local unit yesterday told a court in India that it has removed objectionable items from its pages.
The nation’s Information Technology Minister Kapil Sibal has called for stricter rules to weed out provocative online images and text having the potential to incite religious riots.
The Hindu-majority South Asian nation is home to more than 138 million Muslims, comprising about 13 percent of the world’s second-largest population. The other minorities include Christians, Sikhs and Buddhists.
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