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‘Defamatory, offensive’ social media posts against Bihar govt now a cybercrime

In a letter written to all secretaries of the state government, chief of the Economic Offences Wing, IG Nayyar Hasnain Khan requested all officials to inform the Economic Offences Wing about such acts so that the perpetrators can be brought to justice.

By: Express Web Desk |
January 22, 2021 11:48:52 am
Darknet, computer, cybercrimeReacting to the letter by IG Khan, Bihar leader of the Opposition Tejashwi Yadav called Chief Minister Nitish Kumar the "Bheeshm Pitamah" of the corrupt and the "protector of criminals". (Representational)

Posting “defamatory and offensive comments” against the Bihar government can soon land you in jail as the state administration has decided to bring such remarks on social media under the category of cybercrime.

In a letter written to all secretaries of the state government, chief of the Economic Offences Wing, IG Nayyar Hasnain Khan, said, “It has come to light that certain persons and organisations have been making defamatory and offensive comments on social media against the government, respected ministers, parliamentarians, legislators, and government officials. This is against prescribed law and comes under the category of cybercrime.”

Khan requested all officials to inform the Economic Offences Wing about such acts so that the perpetrators can be brought to justice.

Reacting to the letter by IG Khan, Bihar leader of the Opposition Tejashwi Yadav called Chief Minister Nitish Kumar the “Bheeshm Pitamah” of the corrupt and the “protector of criminals”. Stating that the chief minister is following the path of Hitler, the RJD leader dared the state government to arrest him for his post.

“The caravans of the chief minister walking on the path of Hitler. Protesters cannot protest at the marked protest site. Jail on writing against the government. Common man cannot meet opposition leaders with their grievances. Nitish ji we understand you are tired. Have some shame,” Yadav tweeted along with the copy of the letter by Khan.

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