The Uttar Pradesh Police have summoned Twitter India director Manish Maheshwari for questioning within seven days in reference to the posting and promotion on the microblogging site of an allegedly manipulated video of the assault of an elderly Muslim man in Ghaziabad.
The summon was issued two days after Twitter, news website wire.in, journalists and Congress leaders were booked for “promoting enmity between religions” for posting and promoting the video amid conflicting narratives of the attack. The video purportedly showed the person being beaten up and his attackers cutting his beard.
The 72-year-old man’s family and friends have said the man’s attackers forced him to chant “Jai Shri Ram” and chopped off his beard. The Uttar Pradesh Police have claimed there was no communal angle to the attack whilst a Samajwadi Party leader said that the police deliberately overlooked the alleged communal slogan chanting from the primary Information Report filed within the case.
Akhilesh Kumar Mishra, the investigating officer within the case, said the notice was issued to Maheshwari late on Thursday evening under the regular provisions of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) and he has been asked to seem within seven days and record his statement. “The notice is served in order that he appears to record statements under the CrPC’s Section 161.”
The section empowers an investigating officer to hunt the looks of a person who appears to be familiar with the facts and circumstances of a case.
Officers conscious of the matter said Twitter has been named within the case because it didn’t prevent the video from going viral and allegedly helped in its promotion and circulation.
Twitter was booked amid disagreements between the govt and therefore the company over the new guidelines that need digital companies to vary how they regulate content, appoint nodal officers for compliance and grievance redressal, and adopt features like traceability of messages and voluntary user verification. they need also faced off over the government’s orders to Twitter to require down posts. Twitter has also raised concerns regarding the security of its employees within the country and police intimidation.
Union minister Shankar Prasad on Wednesday blamed Twitter for deliberately choosing to not suits the rules whilst officials in his ministry said that this might have the social media company lose the protection it enjoys as an intermediary. the rules came into effect on May 26.