Finalise SoP for cyber police portal by Nov 15: SC to Centre

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court Monday fixed November 15 as deadline for the Centre to finalise a standard operating procedure (SoP) for a cyber police portal to handle complaints regarding child pornography, child sexual abuse, rapes and obscene content on the Internet.

A bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and U U Lalit noted that first version of the SoP was prepared on June 18 this year and it was subsequently revised on July 12.

The bench also noted the submissions of the counsel appearing for the Centre that the document had undergone some changes and comments were being received from various state Governments.

It said that since these comments, improvements and suggestions from the State Governments may be a continuous process, “we are of the opinion that a cut-off date must be fixed for finalising the standard operating procedure. Accordingly, we fix November 15, 2018 as the date for finalising the standard operating procedure”. *(AGENCIES)