Updated: July 2, 2021 9:13:13 pm
Two persons have been booked in Banaskantha on Thursday for allegedly uploading multiple videos on YouTube by editing clips of Chief Minister Vijay Rupani’s speech “by inserting funny memes to mock the CM”, police said.
According to police, an FIR was filed at Mavsari police station under Vav Taluka of Banaskantha against Bhavesh Sodha and Rajkumar Sodha, both residents of Fangdi village under Vav Taluka, for uploading six edited videos of CM Rupani’s speech on their YouTube channel ‘Mr BS Raj Comdey’.
The FIR was lodged after a complaint was received from the Crime Investigation Department (CID) Crime of Gujarat Police regarding the accused duo allegedly “maligning the government and harming its reputation” with videos as per the police.
The FIR was filed as per the complaint by police Sub-Inspector N K Patel of Mavsari police station.
“”From May 5 to May 18 this year, the accused uploaded six edited videos of the CM’s speech on their YouTube channel. In the first video, the CM’s speech at a public event in Banaskantha regarding ‘bringing water connection to every household by 2024’ has been edited by adding funny memes to mock the CM and the 35 seconds long video clip has received 5.72 lakh views… In another video, CM Rupani’s ‘Vikasshil Banaskantha’ event speech wherein French Fries was called as Fry Frenchie has been edited with funny memes” read the complaint against the duo in the FIR.
The two accused have been booked under IPC sections 292 for exhibition of obscene books etc, 469 for forgery, 500 for defamation and 505 for statements conducing to public mischief along with sections of the Information Technology Amendment Act.
Speaking to The Indian Express, PSI Patel said, “The case was booked on Thursday and the video clips in contention have been removed from the YouTube channel. We have not yet arrested the accused and the case has been handed over to Tharad police station for further investigation.”
In the recent past, a man from Vadodara was also arrested by the police for editing a clip of Rupani’s speech on YouTube.
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