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Journo files FIR against Twitter user for sexually explicit comments

Twitter account @LutyensInsider, famous for it's random political gossip, is now in trouble after a journalist filed a case against the anonymous handle on Wednesday.

delhi Updated: Jun 11, 2015 13:34 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Delhi based journalist files FIR,Twitter troll,defamation

A Delhi-based journalist on Wednesday registered a police complaint against anonymous Twitter account @LutyensInsider -- known for tweeting gossip -- for allegedly posting sexually explicit comments involving her and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi.

Swathi Chaturvedi filed an FIR at the Vasant Vihar police station here in which she said @LutyensInsider has been posting defamatory tweets about her and Rahul.

She later wrote an article in 'The Quint' – a news website – explaining why she was forced to seek legal remedy.

She wrote that although she had laughed off the tweets initially, she decided to take action after @LutyensInsider claimed that she was stalking Rahul Gandhi seeking a sexual relationship.

"I am not very thick-skinned and my reputation is my most precious asset. So after tossing and turning all night, I decided that I will do, what we as the media, keep prescribing to others — take action," wrote Chaturvedi.

Twitter users accused @Lutyensinsider of changing the handle to @gregoryzackim and deleting all tweets.

While the new handle @gregoryzackim has zero tweets, it still retains the previous 40.8K followers, which includes Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal. Twitter users claimed that the person behind the account got scared of the repercussions and deleted all the tweets and changed the name.

Chaturvedi's move came in for high praise from many quarters including well-known journalists like Sagarika Ghose and Seema Goswami.

On March 24, the Supreme Court had struck down Section 66A of the IT Act which allowed arrests for posting offensive content on social media sites.

The section prescribed punishment for sending "offensive' messages through computers or any other communication device such as a mobile phone or a tablet, and a conviction can fetch a maximum of three years in jail.

First Published: Jun 11, 2015 02:59 IST