A Gwalior court will hear a government petition on un-blocking nearly 70 web-pages, critical of the pony-tailed Arindam Chaudhari, self-styled management guru and Dean, IIPM. The government will challenge the Gwalior court's verdict on blocking 70 URLs critical of Mr Chaudhari and the court decision itself.
Many strongly felt that the idea of free speech and expression has been compromised, setting a dangerous example for others. To compound it, no publisher whose pages were blocked, was either informed or allowed to defend himself in court. The filing of the case in a small-town court indicates an attempt to prohibit publishers from offering their side of the story or challenging the order.
Interestingly, one of the affected websites was that of the University Grants Commission or UGC, the regulator for higher education. A part of its website was blacked out for warning the students that Mr Chaudhari's IIPM is not a university and, therefore, cannot confer degrees.