The HC also asked YouTube to pay Rs 50,000 for each of the nine hearings held in the past two months for wasting judicial time.
YouTube had claimed it could only ensure no one could access the derogatory posts against the doctor from India. It maintained the posts can’t be removed. In June 2015, a trial court had directed YouTube and its parent company Google to remove the content from YouTube channels across the world.
The Delhi HC said: “The case has been listed for nine times in the last 64-odd days. On each occasion, time was sought by the appellant (YouTube/Google) to comply with the directions of the court. Today, the court is informed that the directions cannot be complied with on account of technological reasons.”
YouTube had said that it had no technological control to ensure that posts are permanently removed from its main server and can’t be accessed even outside India. In the end, it sought to withdraw its appeal challenging the trial court injunction.
The HC observed: “The court is unable to see as to how the contents being posted on the platform of the appellant can govern or steer the functioning of the platform itself.”