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Delhi HC judge recuses himself to hear FB, Twitter and Google argue against order to remove anti-Ramdev links globally

A Delhi High Court judge recused himself on Wednesday from hearing pleas from Google and social media giants Facebook and Twitter challenging a single-judge order asking them to globally remove links to a video containing defamatory content against the yoga guru.

When the case was brought to trial, Judge Vipin Sanghi recused himself.

The bench, which also includes Jasmeet Singh, has scheduled the case for a rehearing on March 21 before another bench excluding Judge Sanghi.

Earlier in November 2019, a single-judge bench in the Delhi High Court ordered Facebook to globally remove, block or disable links to a video containing defamatory allegations against yoga guru Ramdev. The court order came during the hearing of a plea by Ramdev seeking a global restraining order against Facebook, Google, its subsidiary YouTube and Twitter not to carry book-related content.

The IT giants had said that while they had no objection to blocking URLs and disabling them, as far as access in India is concerned, they were opposed to removing/blocking/disabling defamatory content at worldwide.

At the last hearing, Facebook’s attorney asked the court to bar Ramdev from bringing a contempt action against him until the appeal was pending.

On February 9, the Supreme Court issued notices to the Future Group companies on Amazon’s plea against the January 5 order of the Delhi High Court suspending the ongoing arbitration proceedings before an arbitral tribunal regarding the agreement to merge Future Retail with Reliance Retail. Amazon and the Future Group have been locked in a legal tussle after the US e-commerce giant dragged the latter to arbitration at the Singapore International Arbitration Center in October 2020…