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Introduction
In recent years, the technology has developed exponentially, while electronic devices continue to smaller form factor while being capable enough to manage to multitask and pack a wide variety of complex functions. One such function is the use of the internet for viewing videos or audio-visual content, which are available on some online platforms (such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, Voot, etc.) and provided by broadcasters. 
While the technology is developing at such a rapid pace, the regulations are also catching up in order to keep in check the content being provided on the online platforms. While it indicates that the Government is being diligent enough to keep up with the changing technology, it also creates some doubts in the minds of consumers and service providers about the extent to which the online content will be censored or regulated by the Government.  

Defining OTT
OTT is an abbreviation of Over-the-Top. What this means is that OTT is a means of providing television/film content ("Content") over the internet. The Content is provided at the request so that it suits the requirements of the customers. This method seems to be exactly the same as VOD (Video-on-demand) and is mostly considered to be one and the same thing because oftentimes they are. However, the terms are different from each other. While VOD is a media distribution system allowing its users to gain access to videos while eliminating the need for traditional playback devices, OTT, as explained before, provides requested Content over the internet. Thus, VOD can exist via satellite transmission too, indicating that VOD can exist without OTT and vice-versa. VOD, hence, is a defining feature of OTT.  
For a better understanding of the difference between OTT and VOD, you can refer to the diagram below:



[Fig 1: Diagram depicting the difference between OTT and VOD]

Chronological Background of Law Regulating OTT in India
While the online streaming services, as well as online platforms, were taking over way before 2016, it was this year when the regulatory aspect of online streaming platforms first came to be noticed.
On October 25, 2016, an RTI Application was filed to seek information on the regulatory power of the Ministry of Broadcasting (“MIB”) over online streaming platforms. MIB replied on December 02, 2016, stating that it had no authority to regulate online content, while also not planning to enforce any guidelines to regulate the same. 
Sometime during October 2018, a Public Interest Litigation (“PIL”) was filed before the Delhi High Court by an NGO. This PIL sought separate guidelines to regulate online streaming platforms. The Delhi High court dismissed the petition stating that MIB, as already stated in the reply to the RTI query, had the opinion that it did not such authority so as to regulate online content, and thus, online streaming platforms were not required to obtain any license for displaying their content. Furthermore, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology ("MeitY") also weighed in. MeitY stated that it does not regulate the content on the internet and that there was no provision for regulating and licensing content on the internet. This was applicable not only for all the organizations but also for establishments. 
It was also stated that Information Technology Act, 2000 (“IT Act”) and the concerned statutory authority, as has been vested with power under Section 69 of the IT Act, would be appropriate for regulating the online content and platforms providing OTT services. The court also held that though there was no general power for the regulation of online content and OTT platforms, the IT Act provided enough safeguard for taking action in the event of any prohibited act being undertaken by broadcasters, and organizations on the online / internet platform. 
Before this, there have been several case laws wherein it was held that online content would not fall within the ambit of the Cinematography Act, 1952. This led to the dismissal of many other petitions filed before the courts on the same subject matter. While this was happening, in September 2020, 15 big names in the OTT services had signed and adopted a self-regulatory code of best practices, known as Universal Self-Regulation Code for Online Curated Content Providers (“Self-Regulation Code”), while being backed by Internet and Mobile Association of India (“IMAI”), with an objective to provide guidelines to content providers to protect the interest of the consumers and conducting themselves in a reasonable manner. However, vide a letter by MIB to IMAI, the government rejected the Self-Regulation Code while stating that “the proposed self-regulatory mechanism lacks independent third party monitoring, does not have a well-defined Code of Ethics, does not clearly enunciate prohibited content and at second and third-tier level there is an issue of conflict on interests.” MIB also advised IMAI to refer to self-regulatory structures as adopted by Broadcasting Content Complaints Council (“BCCC”) and News Broadcasting Standards Authority (“NBSA”) for guidance.

The Change
Keeping in mind what has been mentioned above; it was a drastic change to see when in October 2020, a PIL was filed before the Supreme Court for the creation of an autonomous regulatory system for online content. The Supreme Court of India sent a notice to the Central Government regarding the PIL and the issue at hand.
Furthermore, a notification was issued on November 09, 2020, (“Notification”) amending the Government of India (Allocation of Business) Rules, 1961 which created a new sub-heading VA in the second schedule. The title given to the schedule was “Digital/Online Media”, and it contained two entries, namely:
i. Films and audio-visual programmes made available by online content providers; and
ii. News and current affairs content on online platforms. 
Thus, by issuing this notification, the MIB now has the power to regulate policies for OTT platforms.

Conclusion
From what has been stated above, it can be inferred without any doubt that the IT Act provides for the regulation of obscene material on the internet. Along with this, as per Section 69A of the IT Act, the Central Government has been conferred with the power to issue directions to block public access to any information online. Furthermore, the IT (Intermediary Guidelines) Rules 2011 may be applicable on OTT platforms, as it mandates exercise of due diligence framework to be observed by any such intermediaries when it comes to publishing, or dissemination, or hosting of any such information on any computer resource of the intermediary. These platforms are also covered within the ambit of Indian Penal Code 1860, which provides for prohibition of defamatory content, and other such acts committed with an intention to spread hatred or outrage religious feelings. Due to the exponential shift from traditional cable televisions to OTT platforms during the COVID-19 pandemic, the regulators have been forced to establish a better regulatory framework for digital broadcasting. With the issuance of the Notification, the broadcasters, as well as the consumers, fear extreme regulation or censorship. Thus, the only thing that remains to be seen is the manner in and the extent to which the Government proposes to regulate online content.    


Introduction
Whenever a decree [1] is passed in favour of one of the parties to the case (“Decree Holder”), that party has various methods [2] to execute the said decree against the other party (“Judgement Debtor”) by virtue of Order XXI of the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908 (“Code”). One such method, as prescribed in the Code, is by way of executing the decree against the Judgement Debtor by way of ‘Arrest and Detention’. This method of execution is permissible under specific circumstances, as stated in the Code, and listed below:
1. Where a decree is for the payment of money (including a decree for the payment of money as the alternative to some other relief). [3] 
2. Where the decree is for a specific moveable property, or for any share in a specific movable property. [4]
3. Where a decree for the specific performance of a contract, or for restitution of conjugal rights, or for an injunction, was passed against the Judgement Debtor and he had an opportunity of obeying the decree but willfully failed to obey it. [5]
Usually, where the decree is for the installment of money, it tends to be executed by arrest and detention of the judgment-debtor. [6]
It may be noted that detaining a person by an order of Court is a violation of the human rights of the Individual. The method of arrest and detention cannot be resorted to arbitrarily, instead, a specific procedure has been laid down [7] and certain proviso given in various sections to allow a fair execution of the decree in the mode of arrest and detention, and give a chance to the Judgement Debtor to explain why he should not be arrested and detained for not complying with the decree. Thus, though the provisions of arrest and detention in the Code are enforceable, there are certain limitations to the powers of the executing Courts while giving an order for arrest and detention in civil cases. [8]
For example, a Judgement Debtor can be arrested at any day, and during any hour during the execution of the decree, and must be brought before the Court after such arrest. However, there are certain limitations regarding the entry and time for such arrest: [9]
That no dwelling house shall be entered after sunset and before sunrise.
That no outer door shall be broken in order to enter the house unless such a house is the occupancy of the judgement debtor, in case he refuses to prevent access thereto.
Where the room is in occupancy of a woman who is not the judgement debtor and does not appear in public due to the customs, the officer shall give reasonable time and facility to her to withdraw therefrom.
Where there is a decree for the payment of money, and the judgement debtor pays the full decretal amount and the costs of the arrest to the arresting officer, he shall not be arrested.
The Court must also keep in mind the classes of persons, and certain circumstances which are outside the purview powers of the Court with respect to arrest. Classes of persons who cannot be arrested are:
1. Women [10]
2. Judicial Officers [11]
3. Members of Legislatures [12]
4. Classes of persons, whose arrest according to the State Government, might be attended with danger or inconvenience to the public. [13]
While the circumstances in which the order for arrest cannot be given are:
1. Where a matter is pending, their pleaders, mukhtars, revenue-agents, and witnesses acting in obedience to a summons. [14]
2. Where the decretal amount is less than two thousand rupees. [15]

Issuing of Notice
In case of detention, either the Judgement Debtor is given notice and is asked to present himself before the Court, [16] or is brought before the Court after his arrest in case he does not obey the notice, [17] to allow him a rightful opportunity to give an explanation to the Court as to why he should not be committed to civil prison. This has been clearly stated in the case of Kasi Subbaiah Mudali v. Kasi Veeraswamy Mudali [18], wherein the Hon'ble Andhra High Court held that “according to Rule 37, which mandates that once the Judgement Debtor appears before the court in obedience to the notice or brought before it on being arrested, the Court shall proceed to hear the Judgement Debtor and take all evidence in the presence of the Judgement Debtor. The Judgement Debtor shall be provided with a fair opportunity of showing cause as to why he should not be committed to civil prison.”
This provision is in consonance with the principles of natural justice, which constitutes of two elements, namely:
1. Adequate notice; and
2. Rule against bias; and
3. The hearing of both sides (“audi alteram partem”)  
If the Judgement Debtor complies with the show-cause notice issued by the Court in his name, and he presents himself before the court, the Court hears both the parties and inquires whether the Judgement Debtor should be committed to civil prison or not. [19]
However, it must be noted that the show-cause notice will only be given by the Court if the Decree Holder files an application in the Court accompanied by an affidavit stating the grounds for which the arrest and detention of the Judgment Debtor, is applied for. [20] The Court has to determine whether the reasons in the application are sufficient enough to issue a show-cause notice to the Judgment Debtor. Therefore, it is the Decree Holder who has to demonstrate that the Judgement Debtor has wilfully with the mala fide intention, to deprive the benefit of the decree, is refusing (refused) to pay the decretal amount in spite of having sufficient means to pay. [21]
Another objective behind enacting this provision, which is somewhat similar to the previous one discussed above, is that the court must find out the reason for non-payment of the decretal amount, and can abstain from issuing the order for arrest if the Judgement Debtor shows reasonable cause for his inability to pay the decretal amount and the court is satisfied that he is unable to pay, the court may reject the application of the arrest. Thus, a simple default is not enough, there must be an element of bad faith beyond mere indifference to paying; some deliberate refusal or the present means to pay a decree or a substantial part of it. [22]
However, there is an exception to this rule, wherein upon an application by Decree Holder for arrest and detention of the Judgment Debtor, the Court also has been vested with the power under the Code to order arrest without notice upon satisfaction that with the object and effect of delaying the execution of the decree the judgment-debtor is likely to abscond or leave the local limits of the jurisdiction of the Court, the Court can order arrest without notice. [23] Thus, while as a general rule it would be convenient and proper that an inquiry as to the liability of the judgment-debtor to be committed to civil prison should be made before the arrest is ordered, such determination is not a condition precedent for the order of arrest itself. [24]
Where a judgement debtor is arrested in execution of a decree for the payment of money and is presented before the court, the court shall inform him to declare himself as insolvent and he can be discharged if he has not done any act in bad faith regarding the subject of the application and if he complies with the law of insolvency which is in force at that time. [25]

Recording of Reasons
The Court, while enforcing the execution of a decree by detention, must state the reasons for issuing the order for the same in writing. [26] These reasons can be anyone among the following:
1. That the judgement debtor with the object of delaying the execution of the decree is likely to abscond of the jurisdiction of the court or has dishonestly transferred, concealed, or removed his property, or has done any other act done in bad faith, or
2. That the judgement debtor has the means to pay the amount or a substantial part of it and refuses to pay the same, or
3. That the decretal amount has to be paid on account of the fiduciary relationship
With respect to the reason as stated in point 2 above, it was held that “the Court must be satisfied that the judgment-debtor has, or has had since the date of the decree, means to pay the amount of the decree or some substantial part thereof and refused or neglected or has refused or neglected to pay. The decree-holder has to satisfy the Court that proviso to Section 51 applies under the facts of a particular case.” [27]

Period of Detention
The Code also limits the power of the executing Courts to detain the person in civil prison for a period, not more than what is stated in the Code itself. [28] This period is decided while keeping in mind the decretal amount passed against the Judgment Debtor, and where he has failed to pay the same. With respect to the decretal amount as a factor for deciding the period of detention, the following provisions have to be followed:
1. Where the amount is more than Rs. 5000, the Judgment Debtor can be detained for up to only 3 months.
2. Where the amount is more than Rs. 2000 but less than Rs. 5000, the Judgment Debtor can be detained for up to only 6 weeks.
3. Where the amount is less than Rs. 2000, the Judgment Debtor cannot be detained.
It should be noted that even if the Judgment Debtor is released upon completing the detention period specified, he will not be discharged from the liability to pay the decretal amount to the Decree Holder. Though, he will not be arrested again under the decree in execution of which he was detained in the civil prison.

Release
The Court has also been vested with the power to release the Judgment Debtor before the period of detention lapses, provided any of the following conditions are fulfilled: [29]
1. Where the decree against him has been fully satisfied,
2. Where the amount mentioned in the warrant for his detention has been paid to the police officer,
3. Where the person on whose application the person was detained requests so, or
4. Where the person on whose application such detention was made omits to pay subsistence allowance.
5. Other grounds of release which exist within the Code are:
(a) If there exists some infectious or contagious disease, or on the grounds of serious illness, provided that such order of release has been made by any court superior to the court which granted execution. [30]
(b) Where a person intends to apply to be declared as insolvent and fulfills the obligations thereafter. [31]
(c) Where an inquiry is pending [32] if the judgement debtor furnishes the security to the satisfaction of the court for his appearance before the court. 
(d) The court, before ordering the detention of the person [33], can provide fifteen days to the judgement debtor for satisfying the decree, by leaving the person in custody of the police officer or may release him on furnishing security to the satisfaction of the court, provided that, if the decree is not satisfied before the end of the period, the person will appear in front of the Court.
(e) Where the court does not make an order of detention after inquiry [34], it can refuse the application, and if the judgement debtor is already under arrest, order for his release.

References
[1] Section 2(2), Code of Civil Procedure, 1908.
[2] Section 51, Code of Civil Procedure, 1908.
[3] Rule 30, Order XXI, Code of Civil Procedure, 1908.
[4] Rule 31, Order XXI, Code of Civil Procedure, 1908.
[5] Rule 32(1), Order XXI, Code of Civil Procedure, 1908.
[6] Ram Narayan v. State of U.P., (1983) 4 SCC 276.
[7] Section 55, Code of Civil Procedure, 1908.
[8] K. Prabhakara Rao, Execution of Decree, Order by Arrest and Detention of Judgement Debtor in Civil Prison, DLSA Nalgonda, available here
[9] Ibid.
[10] Section 56, Code of Civil Procedure, 1908.
[11] Section 135(1), Code of Civil Procedure, 1908.
[12] Section 135A, Code of Civil Procedure, 1908. 
[13] Section 55(2), Code of Civil Procedure, 1908.
[14] Section 135(2), Code of Civil Procedure, 1908.
[15] Section 58(1A), Code of Civil Procedure, 1908.
[16] Rule 37(1), Order XXI, Code of Civil Procedure, 1908.
[17] Rule 37(2), Order XXI, Code of Civil Procedure, 1908.
[18] Kasi Subbaiah Mudali v. Kasi Veeraswamy Mudali, 2002 (3) ALT 240.
[19] Rule 40, Order XXI, Code of Civil Procedure, 1908.
[20] Rule 11A, Order XXI, Code of Civil Procedure, 1908.
[21] K. Karunkar Shetty v. Syndicate Bank, Manipal, AIR 1990 Kant 1.
[22] Jolly George Varghese v. Bank of Cochin, 1980 (2) SCC 360.
[23] Proviso of Rule 37(1), Order XXI, Code of Civil Procedure, 1908; B.K. Puttaramiah v. Hajee Ibrahim Essack & Sons, AIR 1959 Mys 94.
[24] Supra note 13.
[25] Section 55, Code of Civil Procedure, 1908.
[26] Section 51(c), Code of Civil Procedure, 1908.
[27] I.K. Merchants Ltd. v. Indra Prakash Karnani, AIR 1973 Cal 306.
[28] Section 58, Code of Civil Procedure, 1908.
[29] Ibid.
[30] Section 59, Code of Civil Procedure, 1908.
[31] Section 55, Code of Civil Procedure, 1908.
[32] Rule 40(1), Order XXI, Code of Civil Procedure, 1908.
[33] Rule 40(3), Order XXI, Code of Civil Procedure, 1908.
[34] Ibid.

Company Fresh Start Scheme 2020

Introduction

In an attempt to ease matters for the companies and to provide them with an opportunity to make a “Fresh Start” in their life, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) by issuing a General Circular No. 12/2020 dated 30th March 2020, introduced a new scheme called ‘Companies Fresh Start Scheme 2020 (“CFSS-2020”)’.
The changes were brought in the scheme with the intention of giving additional time and financial relief (in terms of compliance) to a certain extent to all the generous companies. The scheme is discussed below.

Overview of CFSS 2020

All the companies, which are registered and operative in India, are bound to follow various rules imposed by the government, which include, Annual Return filing, filling of Financial Statements, books of accounts, and other business-related documents and statements that are asked by the government. However, if these companies fail to comply with all the rules and norms, then they are charged with a penalty on interest as punishment. Companies like these are categorized as ‘Defaulting Companies’.
The CFSS scheme is introduced by the MCA to provide relief to the companies from heavy compliance.

Objective
i. Full Waiver for Payment of Additional Fees/Penalty
ii. Immunity from the launch of prosecution
iii. Immunity from proceedings for imposing a penalty

Validity of the Scheme
The scheme will be valid from 1 April 2020 to 30 September 2020. 

Applicability

i. Companies which have not filed Annual Return and Financial Statements to Registrar of Companies (ROC)/MCA i.e. Form AOC-4, AOC-4 XBRL, AOC-4 CFS,  and Form MGT-7
ii. Companies that have not filed any E-Forms that are required to be filed to ROC/MCA and not filed i.e. Form MGT-14, ADT-1, Form DPT-3, Form DIR-12, Form 20A, INC 22 except SH-7 & Charge related forms.

Non-Applicability

i. A company whose name is to be struck off u/s 248 of Companies Act, 2013.
ii. Amalgamated Companies
iii. Applications filed for obtaining Status of Dormant Companies u/s 455 of Companies Act, 2013
iv. Vanishing Companies
v. Increase in Authorized Share Capital (Form SH-7)
vi. Charge related documents (Form CHG-1, CHG-4, CHG-8, CHG-9)

Provisions in Scheme

i. Defaulting Companies
(a) Shall pay only the normal fees as prescribed by the Companies Rules, 2014 for all filings with the MCA-21 registry. No additional fees to be paid, whatsoever.
(b) Immunity against prosecution and proceedings for imposing penalty only where:
    - The prosecution and proceedings arose due to the delay in the filing of belated documents.
    - No other cases covered.
(c) In case there is an existing appeal filed by the company against any notice, complaint, or order issued with regard to prosecution and proceedings related to the delay in statutory filing, the following steps are to be followed:
    - Before registering under the CFSS 2020, the appeal filed by the company should be withdrawn.
    - At the time of making the application for the scheme, the company must furnish a copy of such withdrawal along with the application as proof.
(d) Where the order has been passed by the court and the company has not filed an appeal against the same as on the commencement of the scheme:
    - The company is allowed 120 days to file an appeal before the Regional Director.
    - During this period of 120 days, for the non – compliance of the order passed by the court with regard to the delay in filing of any documents for the same shall be condoned and no further action shall be initiated against the company.
(e) Form CFSS – 2020 may be filed by the companies under the scheme.
    - The Form provides the companies with immunity for a period of 6 months after the date of closure of the CFSS 2020.
    - No fees to be paid on this particular form.
    - Immunity Certificates shall be granted by the designated authority.
(f) Immunity is not granted where:-
    - An appeal is pending in court against the company.
    - In case of management disputes pending before any court of law.
    - Where an order is passed by the court and no appeal has been made before the scheme came into force.
(g) Extension granted to file DIR-3/DIR-3KYC: Extended timelines between 1st April 2020 and 30th September 2020 is provided by MCA for the directors’ whose DIN is deactivated to come forward and file DIR-3KYC/DIR-3 KYC-Web. The filing fee of Rs 5,000 will not apply.

ii. For inactive Companies:
(a) The defaulting inactive companies may apply for the CFSS 2020 so as to file the due documents. 
(b) Additionally, they may also do the following:
    - Submit an application for Dormant Status under Section 455 of the Companies Act, 2013 by way of filing of e-Form MSC – 1 along with the prescribed fees.
    - Submit an application for striking off the name of the company from the Register of Companies.
    - Extension granted to file e-Form ACTIVE: An extended timeline between 1st April 2020 and 30th September 2020 is provided by MCA for the ‘ACTIVE non-compliant’ companies to come forward and file e-Form ACTIVE. The filing fee of Rs 10,000 will not apply.

List of Forms Allowed under CFSS 2020

i. Companies incorporated under Companies Act, 1956


Form No. Purpose
Form 20B  Filing annual return by a company having a share capital
Form 21A  Particulars of annual return for the company not having a share capital
JForm 23AC/ACA  Filing balance sheet and other documents
Form 23ACA  Filing Profit and Loss Account and other documents
Form 23AC XBRL  Filing XBRL document in respect of balance sheet and other documents
Form 23ACA XBRL  Filing XBRL document in respect of Profit and Loss Account and other documents
Form 23B  Information by the auditor to Registrar
Form 23 C  Form of application to the Central Government for the appointment of cost auditor.
Form 23 D Information by cost auditor to Central Government
Form 66  Form for submission of a compliance certificate issued by Company Secretary in practice

ii. Companies incorporated under Companies Act, 2013

Form Purpose
Form FC-3 Annual accounts along with the list of all principal places of business in India established by a foreign company
FC-4 Annual Return of a Foreign company
Form GNL-2 Form for submission of documents with the Registrar
Form GNL-3 Particulars of person(s) or key managerial personnel charged or specified for the purpose of sub-clause (iii) or (iv) of clause 60 of section 2
Form IEPF-1 Statement of amounts credited to the Investor Education and Protection Fund
Form IEPF-2 Statement of unclaimed or unpaid amounts
Form IEPF-3 Statement of shares and unclaimed or unpaid dividend not transferred to the Investor Education and Protection Fund
Form IEPF-4 Statement of shares transferred to the Investor Education and Protection Fund
Form IEPF-6 Statement of unclaimed or unpaid amounts to be transferred to the Investor Education and Protection Fund
Form IEPF-7 Statement of amounts credited to IEPF on account of shares transferred to the fund
Form IEPF-e-verification Report Application to the authority for claiming unpaid amounts and shares out of Investor Education and Protection Fund (IEPF) – E-verification report.
Form INC-4 One Person Company- Change in Member/Nominee
Form INC-5 One Person Company - Intimation of exceeding the threshold
Form INC-6 One Person Company – Application for Conversion
Form INC-12 Application for grant of License under section 8
Form INC-20A Declaration for the commencement of business
Form INC-20 Intimation to Registrar of revocation/surrender of a license issued under Section 8
Form INC-22 Notice of situation or change of situation of registered office
Form INC-22A Active Company Tagging Identities and Verification (ACTIVE)
Form INC-27 Conversion of a public company into a private company or private company into a public company
Form INC-28 Notice of order of the Court or Tribunal or any other competent authority
Form MGT-6 Persons not holding beneficial interest in shares
Form MGT-7 Annual Return
Form MGT-10 Changes in the shareholding position of promoters and top ten shareholders
Form MGT-14 Filing of Resolutions and agreements to the Registrar
Form MGT-15 Form for filing Report on Annual General Meeting
Form MR-1 Return of appointment of key managerial personnel
Form MR-2 Form of Application to the Central Government for approval of appointment or reappointment and remuneration or increase in remuneration or waiver for excess or overpayment to managing director or whole-time director or manager and commission or remuneration to directors.
Form MSC-1 Application to Registrar for obtaining the status of dormant company
Form MSC-3 Return of Dormant Companies
Form NDH-1 Return of Statutory Compliances
Form NDH-2 Application for extension of time
Form NDH-3 Return of Nidhi Company for the half-year ended
Form NDH-4 Application for declaration as Nidhi Company and for updating of status by Nidhis
Form PAS-3 Return of allotment
Form SH-11 Return in respect of buy-back of securities

Specified Value
Section 2(i) of Act [1] explains the word ‘specified value’ with relation to commercial dispute as to the value of the subject-matter of a suit as determined in accordance with Section 12 of the said Act.
The amount for the subject matter of the suit must be equal to or more than Rs. 1 crore or any higher value which is notified by the Central Government.
The transactional disputes which qualify as a commercial dispute, are mentioned in the Act itself. [2] If the valuation of the subject matter in these commercial disputes is not less than Rs. 1 crore, this Court as the Commercial Division of the High Court would have jurisdiction. [3] Once a plaintiff seeks to bring a suit, which otherwise is below the minimum pecuniary jurisdiction of this Court for original civil disputes, he must establish that the suit arose out of a commercial dispute. [4]

Determination of Specified Value
According to Section 12 of the act, the Specified Value concerning the commercial dispute will be established in the following manner: [5]
i. When the relief prayed is for recovery of any money, the money which is sought to be recovered inclusive of any underlying interest shall be calculated up to the date of filing of such suit or application;
ii. When the relief prayed narrates to movable property or any right accruing therein, the market value of such movable property as on the date of filing.; [6]
iii. When the relief prayed is related to immovable property or any right accruing therein, the market value of the immovable property, as on the date of filing; [7]
iv. When the relief prayed relates to any intangible right [8], the market value of the rights that will be assessed by the plaintiff;
v. When the counterclaim is preferred, the total value of the subject-matter of the dispute in such a counterclaim as specified on the date of the counterclaim.

Introduction of Mandatory Pre-institution Mediation
(a) Scope and Extent
The Act [9] provides that the remedy of pre-institution mediation has to be exhausted before a plaintiff files a suit that does not contemplate any urgent interim relief. 
The authority constituted under the Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987 will conduct the pre-institution mediation. This process of pre-institution mediation will be regulated with the rules that are notified by the Central Government. [10] This pre-institution mediation has to be conducted within 3 months from the date of filing of the application by the plaintiff, although this period can be extended with the mutual consent by parties. [11]
Plaintiff is not required to mandatorily go through pre-institution mediation where a suit contemplates an urgent interim relief. Such cases can arise if mediation would result in an irreparable loss; irreparable loss being one of the essential elements for the grant of an injunction. [12]
If a court is sufficiently convinced that the relief sought by a plaintiff is not of urgent nature and the plaintiff must go for pre-institution mediation, it can refuse to issue summons and also reject the plaint as being barred under Order VII Rule 11(d) of Civil Procedure Code, 1908.

(b) Confidentiality  
The mediator, parties, or their authorized representatives or counsel shall maintain confidentiality about mediation and the mediator shall not allow stenographic or audio or video recording of mediation sittings. [13] This is in the nature of external confidentiality. The mediator shall also maintain the internal confidentiality of discussions made in separate sittings with each party and only such facts which a party permits can be shared with the other party. [14] There exists a duty upon the mediator to uphold the principles of trust and confidentiality. [15]  

References
[1] Section 2(i). The Commercial Courts Act, 2015.
[2] Section 2(1)(c) in Clauses (i) to (xxii)
[3] Section 7 read with Section 2(1) of the Commercial Courts Act.
[4] Shriram EPC v. Rioglass Solar SA, 2018 SCC Online SC 1471.
[5] Section 12, The Commercial Courts Act, 2015.
[6] M. V. Durga Prasad, Commentary on The Commercial Courts Act, 2015 44 (Asia Law House, Hyderabad, 1st edn. 2018).
[7] Mukesh Kumar Gupta v. Rajneesh Gupta, 2016 SCC Online Del 3148.
[8] Microsec Capital Limited v. Ankit Bimal Deorah, 2016 SCC Online Bom 4795.
[9] Section 12A, inserted by The Commercial Courts, Commercial Division and Commercial Appellate Division Of High Courts (Amendment) Act, 2018
[10] Section 21A, The Commercial Courts Act, 2015.
[11] Rules under Commercial Courts (Pre-institution Mediation and Settlement) Rules, 2018 [Section 21A read with Section 12A, The Commercial Courts Act, 2015.]
[12] M/s M.K. Food Products v. M/s S.H. Food Products, Civil (Revision) Petition No. 3690/2018; GSD Constructions Pvt. Ltd v Balaji Febtech Engineering, MANU/MP/0451/2019.
[13] Rule 9, Commercial Courts (Pre-institution Mediation and Settlement) Rules, 2018
[14] Rule 7(1)(vi), Commercial Courts (Pre-institution Mediation and Settlement) Rules, 2018
[15] Rule 12, Commercial Courts (Pre-institution Mediation and Settlement) Rules, 2018

Introduction
The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 (‘the Code’) has amended and as well as replaced many provisions of other statutes that could have created an overlap of powers and functions with respect to the resolution of insolvency and liquidation of certain entities. Among these statutes, One Person Company [1] (‘OPC’) and Limited Liability Partnership ('LLP') has also been covered in order to give power to National Company Law Tribunal (‘NCLT’) to regulate the insolvency resolution process as well as the liquidation process for the abovementioned entities. [2]

Amendment in Limited Liability Partnership Act, 2008
In the 10th Schedule of the Code, the provisions of winding up of an LLP as mentioned in other statutes [3] were omitted. On the other hand, for OPC, Schedule 8 was enacted for the same purpose. These schedules, when coupled with the overriding power of the Code [4], states, that from the date of enforcement of the Code, all the insolvency and liquidation matters of the entities as mentioned therein [5] will be governed by the Code alone. This is also evident from the provisions which give power to the Code [6] to apply the provisions of the statute on any OPC/LLP. [7] 

Initiation of Insolvency Proceedings
1. Insolvency Proceedings against an OPC and LLP can be initiated by any Financial Creditor [8], Operational Creditor [9], or the entities themselves [10] when there is any debt [11] with respect to any of these creditor(s) [12], and there exists a default of payment [13] with respect to these debts.
2. It must be noted that, in order to initiate a corporate insolvency resolution process (‘CIRP’) against an OPC/LLP, the default of payment must be at least Rs. 1 lakh [14] and falling in the ambit of financial debt [15] or operational debt [16] as mentioned in the Code. 
3. Because of the fact that time is an essential aspect, the whole process of CIRP is to be completed in 180 days [17]. However, if the NCLT is of the opinion that the process will not be able to be completed within such prescribed time-limit, and extension of 90 [18] days can be granted by it. Thus, the total time period for the CIRP to be completed must not exceed a period of 330 days from the date of commencement of insolvency proceedings against the corporate debtor. [19]

Steps after the admission of application for CIRP
1. Once the application for initiation of CIRP is admitted by NCLT, it appoints an Insolvency Resolution Professional (‘IRP’) [20] who takes charge of the management of the firm in order to take necessary steps to help revive the company and pay-off its debts. [21] He can also raise fresh funds [22] to continue the operations of the OPC/LLP and has to make all the endeavors to protect the value of the property of the corporate debtor. [23]
2. During this period, the NCLT also initiates the period of moratorium [24], while the IRP makes a public announcement to call out all the creditors of the firm to claim their debt. [25] 
3. The firm is deemed to be insolvent on the very date when an application for initiating CIRP against the firm is admitted by NCLT. [26]

Committee of Creditors
1. The Creditors give their claims to IRP, and submission of these claims are regulated by the Code. [27]
2. After all the claims are collated by the IRP, he forms a Committee of Creditors (‘CoC’) [28] which contains all the creditors of firm tom whom the debt has not been paid off. The constitution of the CoC also has certain conditions and priorities with respect to the category of creditors. [29]
3. The CoC has the power to appoint IRP as the Resolutions Professional (‘RP’) or appoint any other eligible Insolvency Professional as RP. [30] 
4. The CoC has the power to decide the actions taken by the RP [31] for managing the business of the corporate debtor. 
5. The voting rights of members of the CoC are in proportion to the financial debt owed to them by the corporate debtor. [32]
6. The CoC has to conduct regular meetings to discuss the next steps to be taken for the insolvency resolution of the corporate debtor. These meetings are to be in conformity with the provisions of the Code. [33] 

Preparation of Information Memorandum
When the CoC has appointed an RP, the next step is to create an information memorandum [34] that contains all the relevant information that acts as an aid for the CoC to make better decisions with respect to the situations, which the committee might have made without any analysis. This memorandum is created by the RP. [35] There is a time limit and a manner in which the memorandum has to be submitted by the RP. [36]

Resolution Plan
The Resolution Plan is one of the most important aspects of the whole CIRP. This Resolution Plan is made with the objective of maximizing the value of assets of the corporate debtor. [37] The contents of the Resolution Plan as mentioned by the regulations must adhere to. [38] 
This resolution plan is submitted by a Resolution Applicant [39] and must be in conformity with provisions of the Code [40] in order to be approved by the NCLT for the resolution of the corporate debtor.
After RP has verified the Resolution Plan in accordance with the provisions of the Code [41], he has to present the Plan to CoC to obtain its approval. [42] If the Plan is approved by the CoC [43], the Plan is forwarded to NCLT, which decides whether the Plan is fit to be approved or not. [44]

Approval/Rejection of Resolution Plan
The Resolution Plan has to be approved by the CoC [45] as well as the NCLT [46] in order to continue the business of the corporate debtor as a going concern and prevent its liquidation. Thus, there are two situations that can occur if either CoC or NCLT approves or rejects the Resolution Plan.

(a) When Resolution Plan is Rejected/Disqualified
      (i) If the NCLT does not receive a resolution plan [47]
   (ii) If the Resolution Plan is rejected by RP on account of it being in non-conformity with the provisions of the Code. [48] 
     (iii) If the Plan has not been able to obtain at least 66% of the voting share of the CoC, and if there is no other alternative to resort to within the specified period, the NCLT will have no other option except proceeding with the liquidation of the corporate debtor. [49]

(b) When the Resolution Plan is approved
   (i) If the Resolution Plan is approved by at least 66% of the voting share of the CoC and is submitted to the NCLT by the RP within the prescribed time limit. [50] 

Contingent Situations with respect to the Resolution of Insolvency
(a) When insolvency is resolved
If the Resolution Plan is accepted, the corporate debtor will be prevented from liquidation and maximum efforts will be put in order to revive the business and pay off the debts of the creditor of the corporate debtor. It is to be noted that if the approval of the NCLT is obtained, then the period of moratorium ceases to exist. [51]

(b) When insolvency is not resolved
If the Resolution Plan is rejected [52], or if there is a mutual agreement by the members of the CoC to liquidate the business of the corporate debtor [53], then the NCLT has no other option but to give the order to liquidate the business of the corporate debtor. This decision by the CoC to liquidate the business of the corporate debtor must be taken before submitting the resolution plan to the NCLT.

Process of Liquidation
1. After NCLT has passed the order for liquidation, a liquidator is appointed [54] who consolidates [55] and verifies the claims of all the creditors. [56] He has the power to accept or reject the claims [57] provided he give sufficient reason for doing so. Further, he has to determine the value of claims. [58]
2. The assets that can be liquidated in order to satisfy the claims of the debtors are called ‘Liquidation Estate’. Provisions of the Code contain a list of assets of the corporate debtor that can be liquidated.[59]
3. After all the assets are liquidated, they are to be distributed in accordance with the priority of claims as mentioned in the Code. [60] When the proceeds obtained from the liquidation of such assets are distributed, the liquidator has the responsibility to make an application to the NCLT for the dissolution of the Corporate Debtor. [61] 
4. When the application for the dissolution of the corporate debtor is approved by the NCLT, the corporate debtor is dissolved and ceases to exist. [62]


References
[1] Section 2(62), Companies Act, 2013.
[2] Section 2(62), Companies Act, 2013; Section 2(n), Limited Liability Partnership Act, 2008 r/w Section 2(a), Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016.
[3] Section 64(C), Limited Liability Partnership Act, 2008.
[4] Section 238, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016.
[5] Section 2, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016.
[6] Section 2(a) r/w Section 255, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016.
[7] Section 3(7) r/w Section 3(8) and Section 3(23), Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016.
[8] Section 5(7) r/w Section 7, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016.
[9] Section 5(20) r/w Section 8 and Section 9, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016.
[10] Section 5(5)(a) r/w Section 10, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016.
[11Section 3(11), Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016.
[12Section 3(10), Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016.
[13Section 3(12), Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016.
[14Section 4, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016.
[15Section 5(8), Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016.
[16Section 5(21), Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016.
[17Section 5(14) r/w Section 12(1), Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016.
[18Section 12(3), Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016.
[19First Proviso of Section 12(3), Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016.
[20Section 13(c) r/w Section 16, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016.
[21] Section 17 and Section 18,  Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016.
[22] Section 5(15) r/w Section 20(2)(c), Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016.
[23] Section 20, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016
[24] Section 13(a) r/w Section 14, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016.
[25] Section 13(b) r/w Section 15, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016.
[26] Section 5(12), Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016.
[27] Section 18(b), Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016. r/w Regulation 12(1), IBBI (CIRP) Regulations, 2016.
[28] Regulations 12(3), 16, and 17(1), IBBI (CIRP) Regulations, 2016.
[29] Section 21(2) and Section 21(3), Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016.
[30] Section 22, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016.
[31] Section 28, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016.
[32] Section 24(6), Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016.
[33] Section 24, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016.
[34] Section 5(10), Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016.
[35] Section 29(1), Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016.
[36] Regulation 36, IBBI (CIRP) Regulations, 2016.
[37] Regulation 37, IBBI (CIRP) Regulations, 2016.
[38] Regulation 38, IBBI (CIRP) Regulations, 2016.
[39] Section 5(25), Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016.
[40] Section 30, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016.
[41] Section 30(2), Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016.
[42] Section 30(3), Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016. r/w CIRP Regulation 39(2) & 39(3).
[43] Section 30(4), Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 r/w Regulation 39(3), IBBI (CIRP) Regulations, 2016.
[44] Section 30(6), Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016. r/w Regulation 39(4) & 39(5), IBBI (CIRP) Regulations, 2016.
[45] Section 30(4), Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016. r/w Regulation 39(3), IBBI (CIRP) Regulations, 2016.
[46] Section 31, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016.
[47] Section 30(6), Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016.
[48] Section 30(2), Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016.
[49] Section 33(1), Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016.
[50] Section 30(6), Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016.
[51] Section 31(2), Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016.
[52] Section 33(1), Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016.
[53] Section 33(2), Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016.
[54] Section 34, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016.
[55] Section 38, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016.
[56] Section 39, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016.
[57] Section 40, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016.
[58] Section 41, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016.
[59] Section 36, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016.
[60] Section 53, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016.
[61] Section 54, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016.
[62] Section 302, Companies Act, 2013.

Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934
The functions and establishment of RBI are laid down in the RBI Act which provides the RBI to manage its own constitution, incorporation, capital management, business, and functions. The RBI is also conferred with the power to regulate the monetary policy of India.

Companies Act, 2013
CA, 2013 mainly regulates the Related Party Transactions (transactions with affiliates). Compliance with the SEBI (LODR) is also necessary for banks which are listed companies. Related parties include:
(i) Directors (or their relatives);
(ii) Key managerial personnel (or their relatives);
(iii) Subsidiaries;
(iv) Holding companies; and
(v) Associate companies.
There are separate thresholds and approval requirements (by the Board of Directors and/or shareholders) for entering into an RTP. Further, disclosure of these RTPS in the annual accounts is a must and must be abiding the Indian generally accepted accounting principles. All transactions between a bank and a subsidiary or mutual fund sponsored by it should be on an arms-length basis.

Consumer Protection Act, 2019 (CPA. 2019)
The relationship between a bank and its customer is considered to be of a consumer and service provider, and thus CPA becomes applicable. This is an alternative and speedy remedy to approaching courts. A three-tier mechanism has been established to deal with complaints:
(i) District Forum: Operating at the district level with complaint value up to Rs. 2 million.
(ii) State Commission: Operating at the state level with complaint value between Rs. 2 million and 10 million. It is also an appellate authority for orders passed by the District Forum.
(iii) National Commission: Operating at the national level with complaint value more than Rs. 10 million. It is also an appellate authority for orders passed by State Commission. An appeal from the order of the national commission can be directed to the Supreme Court of India.

Banking Regulation Act, 1949 (BRA, 1949)
The framework for supervision and regulation of all banks is provided by the Banking Regulation Act, 1949. This legislation further confers the power to RBI to regulate the business operations of banks and also grant them licenses.
In addition, banks are prohibited from entering into certain RPTs under the BR Act. For example, a bank cannot give loans or advances to, or on behalf of, or remit any amounts due to it by:
(i) Any of its directors (or spouse or minor children of such a director);
(ii) Any partnership firm in which any of its directors is interested as a partner, manager, employee or guarantor;
(iii) Any company or subsidiary or holding company of a company in which any of its directors is interested as a director, managing agent, manager, employee or guarantor, or in which a director (together with its spouse and minor children) holds the interest of more than 500,000 rupees or 10 percent of the paid-up capital of the company, whichever is lower; and
(iv) Any individual with respect to whom a director is a partner or a guarantor.
(v) An approval from the board of the bank will be required for any loans given to relatives of any directors of that bank or directors or relatives of directors of any other bank.
Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999  (FEMA, 1999)
FEMA and its rules were made with the purpose of regulating and monitoring cross-border activities of banks that are administered by RBI. The primary legislation for the control of exchange is FEMA.

Bankers Books Evidence Act, 1891 (BBE, 1891)
The Act is applicable in the event where the judge orders a party to inspect and take copies of the books of the bank. 

Negotiable Instruments Act 1881 (NI Act, 1881)
Banks deal with various negotiable instruments in order to provide banking services to their customers. These can include Cheques, Demand Drafts, Bill of Exchange, etc. The duties and responsibilities of a paying bank, as well as collecting such Negotiable Instruments, are governed by the NI Act.  Legal protection under NI Act can only be availed if the banks have adhered to the provisions laid down by the Act.

Recovery of Debts Due to Banks and Financial Institutions Act, 1993 (RDDBFI, 1993)
The banks (and other financial institutions) which are registered with RBI have the duty to provide loans to legal entities and other borrowers (individuals). They also have the power to recover these loans or any unpaid amount, including interest and part of any loan or if the debts become Non-Performing Assets (NPA). This recovery can be made by approaching the appropriate Judicial forum.

Payment and Settlement Systems Act, 2007  (PSS Act, 2007)
All the modes of payment systems used in India are governed and regulated by the PSS Act, 2007.  The RBI has been conferred with the power to direct and regulate the payment systems as well as its participants in India. The Act also governs and regulates activities which involve payment and settlement of the transaction in substitute of paying or settling a transaction by cash or other means of physical movement of payment instruments to settle a transaction. 

Securitization and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Security Interest Act, 2002 (SARFAESI, 2002)
Documentation enables a bank to determine the borrower, capacity, security, and type of charge created. This documentation also serves as a piece of evidence in recovery proceedings before a court of law. This documentation also helps in determining the limitation period as well as enables the banks to enforce their rights under the SARFAESI Act, 2002, and also initiate recovery proceedings in Debt recovery Tribunals.

Banking Ombudsman Scheme 2006 (BOS, 2006)
If there is any dispute existing between as bank and its customers, then they are adjudicated under the BOS, 2006. The Banking Ombudsman is an authority appointed by RBI and is quasi-judicial in nature. It deals with customer complaints against banks with relation to lack of services rendered by them and facilitates resolution through mediation or passing an award.

Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 (IBC, 2016)
RBI has the power to issue directions to any banks in the matter to commence the insolvency resolution process under IBC, 2016 with relations to any default in loan. However, this can only be done when the RBI is authorized by the Central Government to issue such directions.
If banks have provided a person with any loan, they fall within the ambit of Financial Creditor and constitute the Committee of Creditors for taking a decision on the Resolution Plan and resolution Process in order to revive the entity or take further actions of liquidation or bankruptcy.

Complexities between RDDBFI, SARFAESI, and IBC
IBC, 2016 is a more streamlined procedure of dealing with stressed assets as it unifies all the laws related to dealing with bankruptcy. The Code focuses on ‘Creditor-in-control’ rather than ‘Debtor-in-possession’. It has been designed in such a way that it unites the provisions of the SARFAESI, The RDDBFI, the Code of the Civil Procedure, etc.

S. No. Basis of Difference RDDBFI SARFAESI IBC
1.
Trigger Amount
The default of 
Rs. 10 Lakh 
or more
Amount of default as
owed to a
secured creditor
Minimum default of 
amount of Rs. 1 Lakh 
to file an application
2.
Timeline
More than 2 Years
1-2 Years
180-330 Days
3.
Types of
Creditors Covered
Secured & Unsecured
Secured
Operational and Financial Creditor 
which include secured and unsecured creditor

“Cyber terrorism could also become more attractive as the real and virtual worlds become more closely coupled”
- Dorothy Dennings


Introduction
One of the most misunderstood and confusing terms in Cyber laws are Cyber-terrorism, cybercrime, and cyber warfare. The difference between them is not known by masses which often leads to miscommunication of information. Cybercrimes are crimes conducted in cyberspace, and cyber warfare means actions by a nation-state to penetrate other nation’s computers or networks for the purposes of causing damage or disruptions [1], still, the term cyber-terrorism has a different take. Dorothy Denning, a professor of computer science gave one of the best definitions of cyber-terrorism to ever exist, defining Cyber terrorism as “The convergence of cyberspace and terrorism. 
The main essence of the word includes all the unlawful attacks as well as the threat of committing such attacks against the computers in order to compel the government or its people to pursue a political or social objective.
Another requirement is that the attack must generate fear among the people, or create a situation of violence against individuals or property. This can include attacks that result in death, severe economic breakdown, and explosions, and attacks against critical infrastructures.” [2]        

Indian Scenario
Narrowing down to the Indian scenario, according to reports, the easiest way to attack India is through the cyber networks. Although it is cost-intensive but will spare the cyber-terrorists of risking manpower and, the impact of such an attack will be immense on the national economy and infrastructure. Cyber Terrorism is a crime that has emerged in recent times in India. Well, the laws through the implementation of the Information Technology Act, 2000 was a big step towards creating punishment for such offences. [3] But due to the ever-changing and ever-evolving nature of the internet, the laws have become more or less ineffective. There is a need for innovative laws and global standards on preventive action.

Flaws in Cyber-Laws in India
India has gradually been shifting from traditional to e-governance, which can be observed from the fact that sectors like income tax, visa, and passports have been transformed into electronic form. This proves that India has started to rely heavily on technology. Other instances where we can see the reliance on technology are banking and financial institutions, travel sectors, e-commerce, and stock markets. Due to this, these sectors are considered to be lucrative targets to create havoc in the country. The damage done can be catastrophic and irreversible. [4]
An individual is considered to be the smallest and most essential element to create a nation, and any crime against the individual should be considered as an important aspect for the government to maintain law and order. There is a wide range of attacks and vulnerabilities which can be considered as a crime against the Nation. The most important among them are:

1. Challenges faced by the Administration [5]
With almost all the countries adopting the e-governance infrastructure, India is also doing the same in the shape of e-administration.
The most important goal of e-governance is to make it easy for the citizens to interact with the offices of administration and to share the information with reliability and transparency. The main essential of democracy is that the people have the power to govern themselves and to do this effectively, they must be aware of every aspect of human society such as social, political, and economic issues. This form of governance thus becomes the primary target of terrorists to destroy the communication system.
When compared to other tangible damages that are caused by the activities of traditional terrorists this would be more disastrous. Thus terrorists have the ability to obtain the information illegally which has been protected from public access and in the interest of the nation.

2. Denial of Services Attack (DDoS)
The main ability of the network system is the availability of the system when required. When it comes to the administration or the government, the network has to be secure and robust with appropriate network information security due to the fact that it contains the data which are in the interest of the Nation and if this data is accessed by an unwanted entity, it can create a dangerous situation for the whole country. The online security experts in India thus suggest that online security stems should be strengthened because DDoS and defacing a site attach are the most used attacks.

3. Damage and Disruption of Networks
The primary objective of the actions resorted to by cyber terrorists is to damage or disrupt the networks, which helps in diverting the attention of the security agencies giving them extra time to make their task comparatively easier. This process can involve combinations of many many other attacks, such as virus attacks, tampering with electronic devices, or hacking. Due to this, around 6000 websites originating in India were defaced in 2009. [6]

Challenges to Indian Cyber Security and Cyber Laws
There are a lot of reasons which have resulted in India’s cyber-security to such vulnerability to cyber-terrorism even after implementation of laws such as IT Act, 2000 and existing counter-cyber security initiatives such as National Informatics Centre (NIC), Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (Cert-In), National Information Security Assurance Programme (NISAP), and Indo-US Cyber Security Forum (IUSCSF). Some of the reasons are mentioned as follows:
(a) Not only at the individual level but also at institutional levels, there is a deficiency of awareness and the culture of cyber-security.
(b) Lack of trained and qualified manpower to implement the counter-measures.
(c) Too many information security organizations which have become weak due to ‘turf wars’ or financial compulsions.
(d) A weak IT Act which has become redundant due to non-exploitation and age-old cyber laws.
(e) No e-mail account policy especially for the defense forces, police, and the agency personnel.
(f) Cyber-attacks have not only come from terrorists but also from neighboring countries inimical to our National interest.


Suggestions/Measures to counter Cyber-Terrorism
While the threat is imminent and evergrowing with the new technologies, still there are some measures which can be taken up by common people as well the Government:
(a) Need to create awareness among the general public about the dangers of cyber terrorism. The counter cyber-terrorism bodies should follow an aggressive strategy and engage academic institutions.
(b) Joint efforts by all Government agencies including defense forces to attract qualified skilled personnel for implementation of countermeasures.
(c) The organizations dealing with cybersecurity should be given all support and no bureaucratic dominance should be allowed.
(d) Agreements relating to cybersecurity should be given the same importance as other conventional agreements.
(e) More investment in this field including finance and manpower. 
(f) Indian agencies working after cybersecurity should also keep a close vigil on the developments in the IT sectors of our potential adversaries.
(g) The use of digital signatures, encryption of data, security audit, and cyber forensics should also be focused on as a subject matter of creating awareness.
(h) E-discovery investigation should also be given support to prevent cases of cyber crimes, corruption, and serious frauds. [8]
(i) Bleeding edge technology to keep up with modern measures against cyber threats.
(j) Laws should meet requirements made by modern technology developments.
(k) With a combination of knowledge and expertise, a counter-cyber terrorism team can build an effective strategy for preventing cyber-terrorist incidents.
(l) More international co-operations are necessary for the eradication of the threat. [8]


Conclusion
India is growing a lot in the IT sector with a lot of aspects of the governance and other sectors being computerised which have helped India develop but has also made it more vulnerable to cyber-attacks and cyber-terrorism. The current measures for these kinds of imminences are not enough. The rights steps have to be taken to help the country avoid any future threats that the country is prone to.   

References
[1] Clarke, Richard A., Cyber War, Harper Collins (2010), ISBN 9780061962233.
[2] Chaubey, Prof. R. K., Introduction to Cyber Crimes and Cyber Laws, Kamal Law House (Reprint 2015)
[3] Praveen Dalal, Cybercrime and Cyberterrorism: Preventive Defense for Cyberspace Violations, Computer Crime  Research Center (March 10, 2006). 
[4] Integrated Defence Staff, Gov. of Inda, Cyber Security in India, Link
[5] Sharma Vakul, E-governance & Information Technology Act, 2000 (Information Technology Law and Practice Cyber Law & E-Commerce) Universal Law Publishing Co. Pvt. Ltd.
[6] New India Express, Hackers take a heavy toll on Indian websites, Link
[7] Insights on India, Cyber Security Related Issues: Comprehensive Coverage, Link
[8] Vladimir Golubev, Problems of Counteraction to Computer Crimes and Cyber Terrorism, Computer Crime Research Center, March 16, 2004.

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