Managing Director of Twitter India booked by UP police for showing the wrong map of India
The controversial map that appeared on Twitter has shown Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh, as a separate country, triggering heavy censuring from the Indian government and netizens
Twitter India chief Manish Maheshwari has been booked by the Uttar Pradesh police in connection with the platform portraying a wrong map of India on its website. Apart from Mr. Maheshwari, the FIR also named Amrita Tripathi, mentioned as India head of Twitter. The said FIR was lodged under Section 505 (2) of the IPC and Section 74 of the IT Act.
The case was lodged on a complaint from a Bajrang Dal leader, who said that in a world map on Twitter, Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh were shown as separate entities from India.The case was registered at the Khurja Nagar police headquarters in Bulandshahr.
The case relates to a controversial map of India which earlier appeared on the career section of the Twitter website. It was revealed earlier that the map had shown Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh, as a separate country. After the distorted map came under public scrutiny last weekend, it triggered an important censuring from netizens, and albeit Twitter got obviate the contentious map by late Monday night.
Twitter is facing backlash in India due to its stand-off with the central government over compliance with the new IT rules. The Uttar Pradesh Police had earlier summoned Maheshwari for questioning in connection with an alleged video of an elderly Muslim man being assaulted in the Loni area of Ghaziabad. Twitter was also issued a second notice by Ghaziabad police to check for the “account details” of the suspects accused of posting and promoting the video.
Maheshwari, the managing director of Twitter India, had on Monday filed a caveat in anticipation of an appeal by the UP police. Maheshwari was granted relief by the Karnataka high court in connection with the investigation into the Loni assault case. Through his caveat, the Twitter official urged the Supreme Court of India to listen to him before passing any order and be served a replica of any petition moved by Uttar Pradesh police.
Meanwhile, Twitter India on Monday appointed its US-based global legal policy director Jeremy Kessel as the new grievance officer however the rules mentioned by the Indian government have asked for an Indian resident for this role.