Delete social media accounts or resign: Delhi High Court tells Army officer

The Delhi High Court heard a plea put forth by a senior army officer who challenged the Indian Army’s policy of banning men in uniform from using social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram.

The court gave Lieutenant Colonel P K Choudhary,  a choice to make and asked him to delete his social media accounts or put in his papers until the court hears the matter again on 21st July .

“The question of granting any interim relief does not arise. Especially when the matter has the potential of concerning the safety and security of the country,” the court bench said.

“If you are so dear to FB, then put in your papers. See you have to make a choice, what do you want to do. You have other choices which are also irreversible,” the bench added.

The senior army officer sought an interim relief that he be allowed to retain his Facebook account in deactivated form till the next court hearing, saying forcing him to delete it and the data therein amounts to violation of his right to privacy.

An Indian Army circular ordered it staff to delete their accounts from Facebook and Instagram and 87 other applications on 6th June.

The Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Chetan Sharma, who represented the Army said: “We found that Facebook was a bug. It was infiltrating as a cyber warfare and there were so many instances of personnel being targeted”.