Twitter’s statement designed to impede lawful enquiry: Delhi Police on Congress ‘toolkit’ case

Twitter’s statement designed to impede lawful enquiry: Delhi Police on Congress ‘toolkit’ case Twitter Removes distorted map from its site on June 29, 2021. (PTI Photo)

New Delhi: Delhi Police refuted the reports that the FIR filed against Twitter was at the behest of the Central government, on Thursday. It added that it has registered a preliminary inquiry in the ”toolkit” case at the instance of a complaint filed by the representative of the Indian National Congress.

“Delhi police registered preliminary inquiry at the complaint filed by the representative of the Indian National Congress. Hence, efforts by Twitter that portray it as an FIR filed at the behest of the Government of India is wholly and completely incorrect,” Delhi police said in a statement.

Delhi Police further added that the statements made by Twitter regarding the ongoing enquiry in the ‘toolkit’ case was ‘mendacious’ and designed to impede the lawful enquiry.

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“Twitter is purporting to be both an investigating as well as adjudicating judicial authority. It has no legal sanction to be either. The only legal entity, so empowered by the duly laid down law, to investigate is the Police and to adjudicate is the Courts,” the statement added.

On Monday (May 24), the Delhi Police’s Special Cell had sent an official notice to Twitter India in connection with the probe into a complaint about the alleged “COVID toolkit”, asking it to share information based on which it had classified a related tweet by BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra as “manipulated media”.

Two police teams also descended on the microblogging site’s offices in Lado Sarai in Delhi and in Gurugram on the evening of May 24. In response, Twitter said in a statement, “Right now, we are concerned by recent events regarding our employees in India and the potential threat to freedom of expression for the people we serve.”

On Thursday, Delhi Police released a strongly-worded statement, issued by Delhi Police PRO Chinmoy Biswal, which said Twitter’s statements are devised to seek “dubious sympathy” when they themselves not only refuse to comply with the law of the land but also claim to be in possession of material evidence but refuse to share it with the legal authority.

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“Its latest statements are devised to seek dubious sympathy when they themselves not only refuse to comply with the law of the land but also claim possession of material evidence but refuse to share it with legal authority duly recognized,” said Delhi Police.

Previously, Micro-blogging platform had said it will continue to be strictly guided by ‘principles of transparency and protecting freedom of expression’. The company added it will ‘strive’ to comply with laws in India but will “advocate for changes to elements of these regulations that inhibit free, open public conversation.”

(With inputs from PTI)

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