Manish Maheshwari challenged a notice issued to him by the Uttar Pradesh Police in connection with an alleged hate crime that went viral on social media in June. The court has twice deferred its verdict in the case and will pronounce its ruling on Thursday, June 29.
- The Uttar Pradesh Police issued a notice to Twitter India managing director Manish Maheshwari.
- The case has been postponed twice by the court.
- As a result of misleading the public in an assault case involving an elderly Muslim man, the UP Police filed a case against Twitter, Congress leaders, and some journalists.
- On June 5, a video clip of the 72-year-old allegedly forced to chant ‘Jai Siya Ram’ by six men went viral.
On Thursday, the Karnataka high court will rule on a petition brought by Twitter India managing director Manish Maheshwari challenging a notice issued by the Uttar Pradesh Police in connection with a video of an alleged hate crime that went viral on social media in June. The court has postponed the case’s verdict twice.
On June 24, the high court awarded interim protection to Maheshwari, a Bengaluru resident, and directed that he not be subjected to coercive action. On June 29, the UP Police filed a petition with the Supreme Court challenging this ruling. Maheshwari had filed a caveat in the highest court the day before, pleading with it to hear his representation as well.
He already notified the Karnataka high court that he is willing to go before the UP Police if he is assured of not being detained. While the police have asked Maheshwari to appear in person, the Twitter CEO has stated that he is willing to make a statement via video conference only.
The Uttar Pradesh Police had filed a case against Twitter, Congress leaders, and several journalists for allegedly deceiving the public in an assault case involving an old Muslim man in Loni, Ghaziabas. On June 5, a video of the 72-year-old purportedly being forced to shout ‘Jai Siya Ram’ by six guys went viral. Additionally, the accused had forcibly shaved the man’s beard. Police later stated that the event had no religious overtones and that the victim was attacked over a personal disagreement.
The man’s family, on the other hand, has refuted the police’s allegations and requested additional research into the situation.
According to the police, Twitter ‘did nothing to stop the video from getting viral.’ It served Maheshwari with a legal summons to appear before them for questioning and a second notice requesting the ‘account information’ of those who posted and ‘promoted the video.’