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Mumbai man arrested for tweeting derogatory remarks against PM Modi, Devendra Fadnavis

The police have also booked writer and director Ram Subramanian for tweeting against Modi

mumbai Updated: May 17, 2018 01:03 IST
Airtra Hazra
Airtra Hazra
Hindustan Times
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The Juhu police on Wednesday arrested Aniket Patil, 25, for putting out allegedly derogatory tweets against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and his wife Amruta Fadnavis. The police have also booked writer and director Ram Subramanian for tweeting against Modi, Fadnavis and his wife on May 14.

“Patil was arrested from Goregaon. He works with a travel company. He said he tweeted abuses as he was angry with the leadership. He told us he hails from Konkan,” said a police officer.

The police filed a common first information report (FIR) against Patil and Subramanian on May 14. Subramanian was not arrested at the time of going to press.

In a series of tweets, Subramanian commented on the PM’s foreign policy with China and “flawed policies of the Shiv Sena and the CM”.

Speaking to HT, Subramanian, who made a video appealing for Indo-Pak peace for Delhi student Gurmehar Kaur, said, “I used abusive language as our PM and his ministers have set this culture. I had to do this. When I didn’t use such language, the BJP’s IT cell abused me. I will not seek any legal help for now. I have not done anything wrong. The police have not contacted me yet. I am in Mumbai.”

“Although it is not impossible, it is difficult to establish abuses as electronic evidence in the court of law. The way the language is used would play an important role in establishing the case of prosecution,” said lawyer Wahab Khan.

The FIR has been registered under sections 153(a), 500,501,503, 505(2), 506(2), 509 of Indian Penal Code and 67 of Information and Technology act. Patil has been remanded in judicial custody.

WRITER-DIRECTOR BOOKED TOO

The police have also booked writer and director Ram Subramanian for tweeting against Modi, Fadnavis and his wife on May 14

Subramanian was not arrested at the time of going to press

In a series of tweets, Subramanian commented on the PM’s foreign policy with China and “flawed policies of the Shiv Sena and the CM”

“I used abusive language as our PM and his ministers have set this culture. I had to do this. When I didn’t use such language, the BJP’s IT cell abused me. I will not seek any legal help for now. I have not done anything wrong,” he said.

First Published: May 17, 2018 01:03 IST