Zuckerberg sued by Indian ‘stalker’ for depicting him as Al-Qaeda member on fake Facebook page
An alleged stalker of Facebook owner Mark Zuckerberg has claimed that the social network's founder is trying to destroy his reputation. Pradeep Manukonda, 31, has filed suit in an Indian court accusing Zuckerberg of being responsibile for a number of attacks against him.world Updated: Sep 05, 2012 17:18 IST
An alleged stalker of Facebook owner Mark Zuckerberg has claimed that the social network's founder is trying to destroy his reputation. Pradeep Manukonda, 31, has filed suit in an Indian court accusing Zuckerberg of being responsibile for a number of attacks against him.
In February 2011, Zuckerberg had obtained a restraining order against Manukonda after the Indian allegedly bombarded him with online messages, sent him flowers and even turned up at his home, reports the Daily Mail. According to gossip website TMZ, Manukonda ultimately agreed to return to India.
Further, the website reports that Manukonda has filed lawsuits in an Indian court against Zuckerberg and a local politician alleging in one of them that he was stabbed from the back, and also accuses Zuckerberg of making a fake Facebook page for him, showing him as a member of the Al-Qaeda. According to the reports, a court order had been issued which barred Zuckerberg from performing any activity that would harm Manukonda's reputation.
The internet billionaire claimed that he was fearful of his safety after Manukonda inundated him with online messages, following which he obtained a restraining order banning Manukonda from going within 300 yards of him, his sister Randi Zuckerberg and his then-girlfriend Priscilla Chan, to whom he is now married.
According to the legal documents, Facebook security also caught Manudoka at Zuckerberg's modest four-bedroom home in Palo Alto on January 24 last year.
Police gave Manukonda a verbal warning but Zuckerberg claimed he continued to contact him through email and with a hand-written letter on January 28.
The handwritten note read, "Thank you for your valuable time and attention towards my problem. I am indeed very grateful to you. If I get a chance to work with you in the near future it would be my honour. I know I am working with a man of values. Thank you for being a source of inspiration to all of us."
First Published: Sep 05, 2012 17:14 IST