The court observed that some people laugh when they hear jokes while others are reserved. "How can we issue guidelines in such a case?" the bench asked.
The bench also said that if some jokes are circulating on the internet then the aggrieved could seek recourse under the IT act. "Whenever any individual case comes to us then we will look into it, but to pass a broad directive is not possible," the court said.
A petition had been filed seeking a directive to pass an order that would ban Sikh jokes. The court has been hearing this matter for several months now and had sought a response from the Union government as well.