The Karnataka high court on Thursday granted interim relief to Twitter India Managing Director Manish Maheshwari in connection with the Ghaziabad assault video that surfaced on social media a few days ago.
According to news agency ANI, Maheshwari’s counsel told the Karnataka High Court that he was an employee of the organisation and had nothing to do with the offence.
Ghaziabad Police had issued notice to the Twitter India MD, who lives in Bengaluru in Karnataka, on 17 June. He was asked to report to the Loni border police station within seven days to get his statement recorded in the case.
Maheshwari had earlier offered to join through video conference, but his request was rejected by Uttar Pradesh Police.
In a video clip, which surfaced on social media on 14 June, an elderly man purportedly said that he had been thrashed by some young men and was asked to chant ‘Jai Sri Ram’. Smelling an opportunity to further their propaganda, a bunch of Muslim journalists spread the video using Twitter, despite a preliminary finding by the police that the incident was a case of rivalry and not of inter-community strife.
Ghaziabad Police ruled out the communal angle suggested by the journalists and said that the incident was a result of personal enmity as the accused were unhappy about a ‘tabeez‘ (amulet) the old man seen in the video had sold to them.
The cases against the fake news-peddling journalists have not seen any progress so far.