Nagpur : The BJP It Cell member, Sameet Thakkar, who was arrested by the Nagpur police from Rajkot for posting ‘defamatory’ tweets against chief minister Uddhav Thackeray and his minister son Aaditya in connection with actor Sushant Singh Rajput death case, produced before the judicial magistrate first class here on Monday and the court remanded him in police custody till October 30.
Thakkar was booked by the Nagpur police in July after a Shiv Sena leader lodged a complaint against him about the “objectionable “tweet” against the chief minister Thackeray and his son, Aaditya. He was also booked by the VP Road police in Mumbai under IPC sections for defamation and circulating obscene article, writing, drawing or any other representation and under Information Technology Act. In his complaint with the Mumbai police, Shiv Sena’s legal advisor Dharam Mishra alleged that Thakkar had posted a picture of Uddhav and Aaditya on his Twitter account likening him to a Mughal ruler. Thakkar was also accused of using abusive language against Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut. Mishra said Thakkar abused and insulted the Sena leaders in public domain but also made a mockery of the state government.
The BJP IT Cell member had approached the Nagpur bench of Bombay high court for a protection from the police which was rejected on Thursday last. He also filed a petition before the Supreme Court.
The counsel of Thakkar, Adv Prakash Jaiswal vehemently opposed the police custody and said that criticising the government is not an offence. “Police have lodged a complaint against Thakkar in July and they had enough time for investigating the case and hence there was no need for police custody,” Jaiswal argued.
However, the city police said that as he had posted “objectionable” tweet against the chief minister and another minister of the state cabinet and hence there is a need for further investigation and he should be taken for police custody. Later, the JMFC granted police custody till October 30.
The police action was initiated against Thakkar after his petition before the Nagpur bench of Bombay high court for exemption to attend the police station every day, was rejected on Thursday. He has also filed a similar petition before the Supreme Court.