The Delhi High Court has refused to stay the new Information Technology rules which seek to regulate digital news media. The Delhi HC said that it was not in agreement with the petitioners on passing such an order at this stage.

Foundation for Independent Journalism, The Wire, Quint Digital Media Ltd and Pravda Media Foundation, parent company of Alt News, sought a stay on the Information technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021, on the ground that a fresh notice has been issued to them to comply with the rules or else coercive action will be taken.

A vacation bench hearing the matter said that the notice has been issued to them only for implementation of notification on which there was no stay.

After taking instructions, senior advocate Nitya Ramakrishnan, representing the news portals, urged the court to list the matter on reopening of courts after vacations.

To this end, the court listed the applications for stay before the roster bench on July 7, 2021.