SC issues notice to Ex-Twitter India MD on UP Police Plea to Appear for Probe in Loni Assault Case2 min read

BY- MONIKA SHEORAN

On 22nd of October, 2021, Supreme Court issued notice to Manish Maheshwari, former Twitter India Managing Director, to respond to the UP Police’s petition challenging the order of the Karnataka High Court that restricted them from taking any coercive action against the Ex-Twitter India MD in connection to the Loni Assault Case in Ghaziabad.
On the 5th of June, 2021, a video was widely circulated on the social media platform wherein an old man named Abdul Shamad Saif alleged that he was beaten by some young men who chopped off his beard and forced him to chant “Jai Shree Ram” and “Vande Mataram” while he was on his way to a Mosque, near Loni Border in Ghaziabad. The incident had gone viral after a muted video of the same was shared by several users on Twitter. But later on, the Ghaziabad Police confirmed that the video was fake and was orchestrated by the men from the same community to spread communal violence.
A notice was served to the Ex-Twitter India MD under Section 161 of the Criminal Procedure Code, to appear for investigation for failing to prevent the circulation of a fake and staged video on the social media platform. But M. Maheshwari didn’t appear for the questioning and later filed a writ petition in the Karnataka High Court saying that the UP Police issued summons to him without ascertaining if he had any control over the content shared on Twitter. Karnataka High Court had then quashed the notice issued to him by the UP Police after which M. Maheshwari was transferred to the US by Twitter.
In the recent turn of events, the SC bench headed by CJI N.V. Ramana asked M. Maheshwari to respond to the plea of the UP Police challenging the Karnataka High Court decision. A caveat had already been filed by M. Maheshwari in the SC, seeking a pre-emption of any ex-parte order against him so that the Supreme Court would hear him before passing any orders based on the plea file by the UP Police.

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