“Tools of harassment”: Setback for UP Police as Karnataka High Court quashes notice to Twitter India chief

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In a huge setback to the Uttar Pradesh Police, the Karnataka High Court on Friday quashed the notice issued to Twitter India MD Manish Maheshwari.

According to the Bar and Bench website, Justice G Narendar of the Karnataka High Court said, “Provisions of the statute cannot be permitted to become tools of harassment. Respondent (UP Police) has not placed even an iota of material to demonstrate even prima facie involvement of the petitioner (Maheshwari).”

Slamming the UP Police, Justice Narendar said that ‘there was not only failure of respondent (UP Police) to secure information that is available in the public domain, but the ominous silence maintained on the merits of the matter and an attempt to coax the Court to scrap the petition on jurisdiction.”

Last month, the Karnataka High Court had restrained the UP Police from arresting Maheshwari, in the case related to the attack on a Muslim man in Ghaziabad. Maheshwari was asked by the UP Police to appear before the Loni Border Police Station after several Congress functionaries and journalists shared the video alleging that the Muslim elderly man was forced to chant Jai Shri Ram while being attacked on camera.

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The video of an elderly Muslim man being attacked by a group of people had gone viral. The Ghaziabad Police had issued a video statement saying that there was no communal angle in the video as being claimed by a few journalists and Congress politicians.

A report by news agency PTI had said that the attackers included both Hindus and Muslims. They include Parvesh Gurjar, Arif, Adil and Mushahid. According to the police, the dispute was over the purchase of an amulet since Samad allegedly practised occultism and had sold a taaweez to Gurjar.