Twitter India has restricted 50 tweets in India — they are still visible at other locations — in connection with the alleged assault of a Muslim man in Loni, Ghaziabad. According to Twitter officials, access to tweets pertaining to the video showing the alleged assault of Abdul Samad Saifi and his beard being cut off have been withheld.
In a Facebook Live session later, Saifi had alleged that the suspects had offered him an autorickshaw ride, taken him to an isolated spot and beaten him up, forcing him to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’. However, police said the accused beat him up because he had sold them a ‘taabeez’ (amulet) that they believed did not work. It turned out that the FB Live session was made under the coercion of some people.
“As explained in our Country Withheld Policy, it may be necessary to withhold access to certain content in response to a valid legal demand or when the content has been found to violate local law(s). The withholdings are limited to the specific jurisdiction/country where the content is determined to be illegal. We notify the account holder directly so they’re aware that we’ve received a legal order pertaining to the account by sending a message to the email address associated with the account(s), if available,” Twitter said in a statement.
Ghaziabad Police has booked Twitter Inc, Twitter Communications India as well as some leftist-Islamist journalists including Mohammed Zubair and Rana Ayyub over tweets in connection with the assault of an elderly man in the district.
Police invoked IPC sections 153 (provocation for rioting), 153A (promoting enmity between different groups), 295A (acts intended to outrage religious feelings), 505 (mischief), 120B (criminal conspiracy) and 34 (common intention) against them.
Ghaziabad Police summoned Twitter India MD Manish Maheshwari to record his statement in connection with the case.
Twitter propagandist Rana Ayyub gets bail
The Bombay High Court today granted transit anticipatory bail to Twitter’s sensationalist ‘journalist’ Rana Ayyub in connection with an FIR against her for sharing the video of an elderly Muslim man being assaulted in Ghaziabad. The court granted her protection from arrest for four weeks.
A single-judge Bench of Justice Prakash D Naik was hearing Ayyub’s application seeking protection from arrest to enable her to approach a competent court in Uttar Pradesh in connection with the FIR registered by Loni Border Police in Ghaziabad on 15 June.
The FIR was filed against Ayyub and others for offences punishable under Sections 153 (giving provocation with intent to cause riot), 153A (promoting enmity between different groups), 295A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings ), 505 (statements conducting public mischief) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
Ayyub had circulated the video on Twitter without verifying its authenticity.
Appearing for Ayyub, senior advocate Mihir Desai sought protection from arrest to enable her to approach an appropriate court for seeking relief in connection with the FIR.
After hearing the submissions, the bench observed, “Since an investigation is being conducted by concerned police and since the concerned court will be dealing with the case on merits, it is not necessary to adjudicate on merits of the application. However, to enable the applicant to approach the appropriate court, the protection can be granted for a temporary period of four weeks.”
“In the event of arrest, the applicant will be released on a personal bond of Rs 25,000 with one or more sureties. The protection will be granted for a period of four weeks,” the HC stated.