HC removes 200 SMSes per day limit: Shakeel is a happy man
OT, July 16, 2012 01:00 IST
Okhla Times Reporter/Okhla
The limit put by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) on 200 SMSes per day has been removed by the Delhi High Court. This means that now people can stay in touch with friends and relatives through SMS without being worried about the daily limit. At the same time the court has upheld the curb on unwanted commercial SMSes.
The verdict has come as a relief to start up and non-profitable organizations like Jamia Info that every day sent free SMSees to Jamia friends all over India.
Shakeel-Uz-Zaman said: “It is positive development. Now we can share good news with others.”
Also, per day limit order issued by Trai earlier had hit OKHLA TIMES that had to stop its door-to-door SMS subscription campaign that had received overwhelming response from residents after reaching the limit.
All told, the bench of Acting Chief Justice A K Sikri and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw said: “We are, therefore, of the opinion that the impugned provision (of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) insofar as it covers non-UCCs (Unrestricted Unsolicited Commercial Communications) SMS in the present form as it exists, infringes the freedom of speech of the citizens. And the conditions imposed upon the freedom of speech is not reasonable which would be protected under Article 19 (2) (which deals with reasonable restrictions of freedom of speech) of the Constitution.”
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