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Ghaziabad ‘assault’ video case: Supreme Court notice to ex-Twitter India chief over UP Police plea

UP Police had moved the apex court after the Karnataka High Court had set aside a notice sent to Maheshwari asking him to appear at a police station in Ghaziabad.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
Updated: October 23, 2021 2:46:32 am
Manish Maheshwari Ghaziabad video Supreme Court twitter caseFormer Twitter India head Manish Maheshwari. (File Photo)

The Supreme Court Friday sought former Twitter India MD Manish Maheshwari’s reply on an appeal filed by Uttar Pradesh government, challenging a Karnataka High Court order quashing the notice issued to him earlier by UP Police.

In its notice, UP Police had sought Maheshwari’s presence in connection with its probe into a communally sensitive video uploaded on the microblogging site earlier this year.

A bench headed by Chief Justice of India N V Ramana issued notice to Maheshwari, after Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who appeared for UP, contended that the matter involved questions of territorial jurisdiction.

The video purportedly showed a man, identified as Abdul Samad Saifi, being allegedly beaten and his beard forcibly
cut off. The clip was uploaded on Twitter and was circulated widely.

But police said it later emerged there was no communal angle to the incident, and it took place as the assailants were allegedly unhappy with amulets distributed by Saifi, who had claimed they had certain supernatural powers.

The police said although they had issued a clarification, Twitter failed to take down the video.

An FIR was subsequently registered against the social media company and a notice issued to Maheshwari under Section 41A of CrPC, seeking his personal appearance.

Maheshwari subsequently moved the Karnataka High Court, challenging the notice.

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