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New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday directed the central government to produce before it the contracts it has with social media sites like Facebook and Google.

A division bench of Justice BD Ahmed and Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva asked the government to file the nature of contracts it has entered into with social media sites by October 28, which happens to be the next date of hearing.

On May 7, the court had asked the government to place before it the concerned contracts but they had not been filed yet.

The court was hearing a PIL filed by former Bharatiya Janata Party leader KN Govindacharya, in which advocate Virag Gupta questioned the usage of social media by government departments.

(With inputs from IANS)

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