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Nov 29, 2012 02:32 PM IST India India

The government has circulated new guidelines on how to enforce the controversial section 66 (A) of Information Technology Act following the Facebook arrest row. Sources tell CNN-IBN that the government advisory tells states how Section 66 (A) of the IT Act is to be implemented.

It says prior approval from the Deputy Commissioner or an IGP-level officer is needed before Station House officers can register such complaints.

The sources say the government is acting on Civil Society fears that the Maharashtra incident is not justified and that Section 66 (A) of the IT Act is unconstitutional and open to misinterpretation.