WhatsApp Group Admin Liable for Offensive Messages, Liability of Sender and Group Admin Coextensive; Allahabad High Court

Holding that the liability of the Group Admin is coextensive with that of the member sending message, Allahabad High Court (‘AHC’) refused relief to Imran Malik, the Group Admin, for circulation of message, showing the head of PM as that of a pig, from one Najam Alam.

Thus, in contrast to the judgements of Kerala, Delhi, Madras and Bombay High Courts where the Group Admin was not held vicariously liable for an act of a member of the group, who posted objectionable content, AHC quashed a Section 482 CrPC application and denied relief to the Group Admin for the offensive message sent by a member.