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Available for questioning on video call, Twitter MD tells UP Police

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Social media giant Twitter has informed the Uttar Pradesh Police that its managing director for India Manish Maheshwari is available for questioning on video call. Last week, the police had issued notice to Maheshwari and summoned him to a police station at Loni Border for recording his statement in connection with an FIR linked to a viral video of a Muslim man who was assaulted in Ghaziabad.

Maheshwari in his reply to the police said he “does not deal with the case directly”. According to media reports, the Uttar Pradesh police are not happy with his response and he is likely to get a second notice in the case.

The case

Recently, Twitter, several journalists and Congress leaders were named in an FIR in Ghaziabad. The FIR, filed by UP police, had accused them of provocation and inciting communal violence.

Sufi Abdul Samad, the man who had been assaulted, had alleged that the attackers cut off his beard and forced him to chant ‘Vande Mataram’ and ‘Jai Shri Krishna’.

UP police refuted the allegations after launching a probe and said there was nothing communal about the incident. They claimed that the man had been attacked by a group of Hindus and Muslims who were angry at him for selling fake amulets.

Twitter lost legal protection

The Union government withdrew the legal protection given to Twitter in India after the micro-blogging site failed to comply with the new rules under Information Technology Act. It can no longer claim protection from action because of third-party content.

The new rules came into effect on May 26. The rules required Twitter to appoint India-based officers to handle grievances related to it in the country. UP became the first state after this development to level criminal charges against Twitter.

 

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