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UP Police moves SC against relief granted by Karnataka HC to Twitter chief


The Uttar Pradesh Police on Tuesday moved the Supreme Court challenging the relief granted by the Karnataka High Court to Twitter India managing director Manish Maheshwari. Interestingly, Maheshwari has also approached the top court and has filed a caveat asking the court to hear his side before passing any orders on UP Police’s appeal.

The Karnataka High Court had on June 24 granted him protection from arrest by the UP Police in connection with a case related to the viral video of a Muslim man being assaulted by a group of people. The court had also clarified that Maheshwari, a resident of Bengaluru, will not have to travel to UP at this time to appear before the police and record his statement.

What the HC said

“This matter needs further consideration,” the single-judge bench of Justice G Narender said reserving orders till June 29. The court also directed authorities to refrain from taking any coercive action against Maheshwari till then.

The UP Police, however, raised an objection saying that the court’s order meant that the Twitter chief has been granted anticipatory bail. The court said that it is not stopping the investigation in the case and if the police desire to investigate, they may do so by virtual mode.

Notably, Maheshwari had earlier replied to the UP Police’s summon saying that he was not directly linked to the case and was ready to appear before the UP police through video call. The police had rejected his reply and stressed that he will have to appear in person.

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.


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