Actor turned Politician Former Congress MP from Karnataka Divya Spandana, the youth icon of Congress’s social media chief, was booked Tuesday in uttar pradesh Lucknow’s Gomtinagar for a tweet calling Prime Minister Narendra Modi a “thief”.
She was booked under Section 124-A of the Indian Penal Code (sedition) and Section 67 of the Information Technology (Amendment) Act.
The FIR, filed by lawyer Syed Rizvan Ahmed, says Spandana tweeted an “utterly insulting” post Monday; it shows Modi painting the word “chor” or thief on the forehead of a likeness of himself.
The Picture above is the FIR and said Spandana’s tweet gave rise to “hatred” against the prime minister — a democratically elected leader — and defamed him. The post made fun of India in the international arena, it said.
That was Spandana’s response, posted today, to a tweet containing a link to a news report on the FIR against her.
Following the FIR, he asked the BJP to follow the case. He tweeted, “My humble knowledge says that Defamation in capacity of Individual is not maintainable..BJP as an organization is more fit to initiate.”
He also urged people to support one Vibhor Anand, who is raising funds on a crowdfunding platform Vibhor Anand who wants to file Rs 10,000 crore civil defamation suit against Ramya for the same tweet.
Vibhor also threatened to make Congress president Rahul Gandhi a party in the case . In his post on CrowdKash, Vibhor said, “I would initiate a Civil defamation suit and Criminal Case under Section 67, IT Act, 505/153A IPC against her if she doesn’t delete this tweet and issue a public apology.
In recent days, Congress president Rahul Gandhi, too, has called Modi a thief, after a media house quoted former French president Francois Hollande as saying the Indian government “proposed” Anil Ambani’s Reliance Defence as Rafale manufacturer Dassault Aviation’s Indian partner for the offset clause of the agreement.
“We didn’t have a choice in the matter; we took the interlocutor who was given to us,” Hollande told Mediapart
After Mediapart, a French company, published the story on Hollande’s remarks last week, a war of words ensued back home.
Rahul Gandhi accused Modi and Ambani of carrying out a Rs 1,30,000 crore surgical strike on the Indian defence forces.