WhatsApp group admin booked for adding member who posted morphed photo of Modi

Karnataka police have booked the administrator of a WhatsApp group in Bhatkal after he added a person who posted a morphed photo of the Prime Minister.

india Updated: May 02, 2017 23:08 IST
Vikram Gopal
Vikram Gopal
Hindustan Times, Bengaluru
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The administrator of a WhatsApp group in Bhatkal in Karnataka was arrested for knowingly adding a person who had posted a morphed photograph of the Prime Minister.(AFP)

The administrator of a WhatsApp group in Bhatkal in Uttara Kannada district was arrested for adding a person known to have posted a morphed photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the group, police said.

The administrator was later released on bail.

Krishna Naik (30), an autorickshaw driver who is the administrator of the group “The Balse Boys” from Doddabalse village in Bhatkal was arrested on April 30. However, it was another member of the group, Ganesh Naik, who posted the pictures on April 14.

On April 15, Anand Naik, yet another member of the group took objection to the post and lodged a complaint with the police and Ganesh Naik was subsequently arrested and charged under sections 66 and 67 of the Information Technology Act. He was released on bail by a court in Bhatkal a day later.

“However, it came to our attention that Krishna Naik had added Ganesh back into the group after the latter left the group. We decided to make him a party to the case because he added a known offender back into the group,” said Suresh Nayak, police inspector of Bhatkal circle.

Krishna Naik was arrested on Sunday. He was produced before a court in Karwar on Tuesday which granted him bail.

First Published: May 02, 2017 20:47 IST