The Department of Information Technology (DIT) has prepared the draft rules under IT (Amendment) Act, 2008. However, the bigger question is what is the “Legal Significance” of such draft rules in the absence of “Notification” of the IT Amendment Act 2008 and “Publication” of drafted Rules in the Official Gazette? The DIT is “erroneously claiming” that the Amendments have been notified. There is no information whatsoever about the claimed notification at the site of DIT. The readers can themselves analyse that there are many notification regarding Information Technology Act, 2000 yet none about the Amendments. Is the DIT ignorant about the basic procedure as to how laws are made applicable in India?
To clarify the position, I have contacted Dr. Gulshan Rai of DIT in this regard. I have sent the following mail to him in this regard:
I have tried a lot but could not find any information about the date of “Notification” of IT Amendment Act 2008 as per the requirements of Section 1(2) of the same. Till that notification is made, the Amendments would not come in to force. I request you to kindly put the “date of notification” of the same at your site. Further, a “clarification” in this regard at your site would be a good idea.
As we all can see that the Department has come up with the rules that it has made for the IT Amendment Act 2008. However, even these rules have to be “Published” in the gazette before they are applicable. There seems to be no “Date of Publication” in the rules posted at your site. Further, a “Public Review” of these rules also suggests that they are “Not Final” yet.
I request you to kindly clarify the matter at your site as soon as possible so that some constructive development in the field of cyber law of India can be made”.
Though his reply is awaited yet one thing is for sure. In the absence of notification of Amendments and publication of the Rules the Information Technology Act, 2000 remains “Unamended”. The IT Act 2000 would still govern the legal rights and liabilities unless the new Act and Rules are made applicable. I hope Dr. Gulshan Rai would clarify the situation as soon as possible otherwise faulty reports and inappropriate police actions would keep on harassing citizens of India