India court throws out Facebook plea

Indian judge disagrees that Facebook India is not responsible for offensive content appearing on its site and social networking giant will remain on civil suit list which includes Google, notes report.

Facebook's plea to remove its name from a civil suit in India involving several social networking sites for allegedly displaying offensive content has been denied.

The Times of India reported Wednesday that Administrative Civil Judge Parveen Singh did not agree that Facebook India was not responsible for the content appearing on the Web site,

The original lawsuit, which was initiated by Mufti Aijaz Arshad Qasmi, an Islamic researcher linked to a Web site run by the Islamic Peace Foundation of India, sought the removal of allegedly objectionable content from 22 Web companies, the report noted.

In a newly revised list that was submitted on Apr. 12, Qasmi is now focusing his suit against Facebook India, Facebook Inc, Google, Orkut, YouTube and Blogspot, it added.

Microsoft and Yahoo, which was on the original list of 22 companies, were removed from the civil suit after two Indian courts found that there was no case against them. In fact, Qasmi was fined 5,000 rupees (US$101) for bringing legal proceedings against Microsoft.