Delhi police questioned the Twitter India MD Manish Maheshwari on May 31, regarding the ‘Congress toolkit case’, sources said on Thursday. “A senior-level team of Delhi Police’s Special Cell had gone to Bengaluru, Karnataka on May 31 to interrogate Twitter India MD Manish Maheshwari regarding ‘Congress toolkit case’,” sources were quoted saying ANI.
An official said that a police team went to Maheshwari’s house on May 31 in Bengaluru to record his statement, adding that the Twitter head was quizzed on how the social media giant tagged the tweets of BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra as manipulated media.
The Congress had alleged BJP of forgery and cheating and had approached the Delhi Police with complaint against Patra, BJP national President JP Nadda, Union Minister Smriti Irani and several others.
The Special Cell officers had started a preliminary probe on the complaint and had also reached at the Twitter’s offices in Delhi and Gurugram on May 24.
In an official statement, the Delhi Police had said, “The Delhi Police team went to Twitter office to serve a notice to Twitter, as a part of routine process. This was necessitated as we wanted to ascertain who is the right person to serve a notice, as replies by Twitter India MD have been very ambiguous.”
Delhi Police also added that they have received a complaint against actress Swara Bhaskar, Twitter India head Manish Maheshwari & others at Police Station Tilak Marg, in connection with incident in Ghaziabad’s Loni, where a Muslim man was thrashed & his beard was chopped off. And added it’s under inquiry.
Twitter on Wednesday had lost its legal protection in India for not complying with the new IT regulations. This came shortly after a case was filed against Twitter in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad over a video that went viral on the social media. The video showed four men thrashing an elderly man, chopping his beard, and asking him to chant “Jai Shri Ram” in Loni.
Therefore twitter does not enjoy any protection and as it did not flag this video as manipulated media, they are liable for penal action.