Cyber Law Expert-Dr. Pavan Duggal

Cyber Law Expert Dr. Pavan Duggal has commented on what needs to be done to curb the menace of Internet misuse in India, given the fact that there have been only 7 convictions in cyber crime cases, ever since the launch of internet services in India, 18 years ago.

Dr. Pavan Duggal has commented that the Indian Cyber law is miles behind the realities of Social media and there is a need to amend the Information Technology Act 2000 to put it in sync with the requirements of times. Dr. Pavan Duggal has pointed out to numerous legal policy and regulatory issues concerning Bitcoins including their legalities and the difficulties in enforcing them in the legal jurisdiction, apart from challenges pertaining to the choices of jurisdictions in the event of dispute pertaining to payments made by Bitcoins.

Dr. Pavan Duggal was the scholar to raise the concerns regarding draconian powers in Indian Cyber law at the time of passing its Cyber law in the year 2000. He has commented that the Government’s move to amend the Indian Information Technology Act, 2000 is not enough. In his critique of Section 66A of the Information Technology Act, 2000, Pavan has opined that the language and scope of legal terms used under Section 66A are very wide and capable of distinctive varied interpretations. Seen from another angle, the section can be effectively used as a tool for gagging legitimate free online speech. He has opined that by making the Superintendent of Police or an officer above to register cases under Section 66A of the Information Technology Act 2000 is like fixing a leaking roof with band aid.