Ghaziabad (Uttar Pradesh): Twitter India MD Manish Maheshwari has been granted interim relief by Karnataka High Court in connection with the case registered over viral video of a Muslim man being beaten in Uttar Pradesh.
The court directed Ghaziabad Police to not take any coercive action against him.
The case was registered against after the video of a Muslim man being beaten up and allegedly being forced to chant “Jai Shri Ram” by a few men, in Loni district, in Uttar Pradesh had gone viral.
The Uttar Pradesh Police, on 17 June, had sent a legal notice to Manish Maheshwari, for provoking communal disharmony over the alleged assault on the Muslim man by promoting the video, a day after a Delhi-based lawyer Amit Acharya filed a criminal complaint against journalist Arfa Khanum, Twitter India Head Maheshwari, and actor Swara Bhaskar, for allegedly spreading fake news in the matter.
A single-judge bench of Justice G Narender said “this matter needs further consideration” and reserved the order till June 29. “UP Police cannot arrest (till then),” the judge stated.
Maheshwari pointed out that on June 17, the UP police had sent him a notice as a witness (under Section 160 of Code of Criminal Procedure). However, they sent him another notice as an accused (under Section 41 of the CrPC, which would have allowed his arrest) just two days later.
“Some people used their Twitter handle as a tool to spread hatred in the society and Twitter Communication India and Twitter Inc did not take any action against it. They let the anti-social messages go viral,” the notice sent to the managing director read.
This comes after when Twitter has lost its status as an intermediary platform in India, as it did not comply with new IT rules.
(With ANI Inputs)