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Twitter India MD gets interim relief from Karnataka HC

Manish Maheshwari's counsel told the Karnataka High Court that he was an employee of the organisation and had nothing to do with the offence

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The Karnataka high court on Thursday granted interim relief to India Managing Director Manish Maheshwari in connection with the Ghaziabad assault video that surfaced on social media a few days ago.

The Karnataka High Court directed Ghaziabad to take no coercive action against him. “If Ghaziabad Police wants to examine MD then it can do so through virtual mode,” the HC order said.

Maheshwari appeared before the Karnataka High Court after a petition notice was issued by Ghaziabad in a related to the assault of an elderly man.

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 had issued notice to the India MD, who lives in in Karnataka, on 17 June. He was asked to report to the Loni border 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 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.

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