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Case against AMU student Sharjeel Usmani for ‘objectionable’ tweets

Police said they received a complaint from Delhi BJP’s media head Naveen Kumar, who alleged that Usmani’s tweets against Lord Ram and the late journalist Rohit Sardana were “defamatory”, “mischievous”, and were intended to hurt religious sentiments.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
Updated: May 23, 2021 12:48:06 pm
Sharjeel Usmani, Delhi police, FIR against Sharjeel Usmani, Delhi Police files FIR against Sharjeel Usmani, Sharjeel Usmani 'objectionable tweets', Delhi news, India news, Indian expressFormer Aligarh Muslim University student leader Sharjeel Usmani. (Photo source: Sharjeel Usmani/ Facebook)

The Delhi Police has registered a case against former Aligarh Muslim University student leader Sharjeel Usmani for allegedly posting objectionable tweets.

Police said they received a complaint from Delhi BJP’s media head Naveen Kumar, who alleged that Usmani’s tweets against Lord Ram and the late journalist Rohit Sardana were “defamatory”, “mischievous”, and were intended to hurt religious sentiments.

Kumar filed the complaint at Laxmi Nagar police station Wednesday.

“The tweet is likely to cause fear and generate a feeling of insecurity and hatred among members of religious communities,” it read.

Usmani recently tweeted about a murder case in Haryana, and the complainant said this “defames Hindus” and there was no communal angle to the murder case.

Based on the complaint, police registered a case against Usmani under IPC section 505 (statements conducing to public mischief).

A senior police officer from the East district said, “We received a complaint from Kumar on Wednesday and have registered a non-cognizable report.”

“Further investigation is being carried out,” the officer added.

On Thursday, a case had been registered against Usmani at Jalna in Maharashtra over his tweets.

That FIR was registered under IPC section 295-A (malicious act outraging religious feelings) and the Information Technology Act based on a complaint by a Hindu Jagran Manch member.

Usmani was unavailable for comment.

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