In Rahul Gandhi's POCSO case, Delhi HC seeks child panel's reply

BySnehashish Roy
Mar 24, 2023 09:05 PM IST

Delhi high court asked NCPCR to respond on a case against Congress leader Rahul Gandhi over his alleged tweet in 2021 that revealed the identity of a rape and murder victim and her family.

The Delhi high court on Friday sought response of the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) in a plea seeking FIR against Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for allegedly revealing the identity of a Dalit girl, who was raped and killed in 2021, and her relatives on Twitter. The child rights body said that it has informed the matter to the Supreme Court and received a notice from there, and will give its response through an affidavit.

A petition was filed against Rahul Gandhi in 2021 for allegedly revealing identity of a rape victim on Twitter.(HT)
A petition was filed against Rahul Gandhi in 2021 for allegedly revealing identity of a rape victim on Twitter.(HT)

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“In 2021, Rahul Gandhi revealed the identity of a POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offcences Act, 2012) victim in a tweet and a case was registered against him under Section 23 of the POCSO Act, Section 74 of the Juvenile Justice Act and Section 128 A of IPC (Indian Penal Code),” NCPCR chief Priyank Kanoongo was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

Delhi HC bench consisting chief justice Satish Chnadra Sharma and justie Sachin Datta sent notice to the NCPCR seeking its response on the matter within four weeks.

However, the child rights body said that a formal notice has not been issued to them by the high court to file a counter-affidavit to the petition. Kanoongo said they contacted Twitter on the matter and came to know that the alleged tweet is not visible in India anymore. NCPCR earlier told the court that despite Twitter's claim to take down Gandhi's alleged tweet, the offence of making such disclosure survives.

In 2021, a petition was filed by social activist Makarand Suresh Mhadlekar claiming that the Congress leader violated the Juvenile Justie (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 and the POCSO Act, 2012, by allegedly posting the photo of victim's patents.

The court listed the matter for further hearing on July 27.

(With ANI, PTI inputs)

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    Snehashish is a content producer at Hindustan Times. A driven journalist with hands-on experience in print, digital and broadcast. A Jadavpur University alumnus who believes everything is come-at-able.

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