Gujarat police book Kannan Gopinathan, Prashant Bhushanfor allegedly insulting a religion and ‘misleading people’ through social media posts

Team SoOLEGAL 15 Apr 2020 3:09pm

Gujarat police book Kannan Gopinathan, Prashant Bhushanfor allegedly insulting a religion and ‘misleading people’ through social media posts

A case against activist-lawyer Prashant Bhushan and former Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer Kannan Gopinathan has been registered by the Gujarat police for allegedly insulting a religion and 'misleading people' via social media posts.

As crores starve & walk hundreds of miles home due to forced lockdown, our heartless ministers celebrate consuming & feeding the opium of Ramayana & Mahabharata to the people”, Prashant Bhushan tweeted on March 28.

Gopinathan and Ashlin Mathew, the editors of the National Herald newspaper, were accused of tweeting government orders to deceive people, according to a statement in the Hindustan Times.

A complaint was lodged by a former Army Captain named Jaydev Bhai Joshi, a native of Rajkot. In his complaint, Captain Joshi accused Bhushan of using the word 'opium' with Ramayana and Mahabharata in a March 28 tweet that 'hurt the feelings of many Hindus', the police said, according to the Hindu Times report.

On the basis of the complaint, a case was brought against the Trio pursuant to Section 295(A) (deliberated and malicious acts intended to offend the religious feelings of any class by insulting their religion or religious beliefs), Section 505(1) (publishing or circulating any statement, rumor or report that may cause fear and alarm among people), Section 34 (a criminal act by many persons) and Section 120–B of the Indian Penal Code, 1860.   

Gopinathan later in a tweet said he won’t be silenced.

So, Gujarat Police registered an FIR against me it seems. For misinterpreting Govt orders & allegedly RTing Prashant Bhushan. Nice try @AmitShah. You can arrest. But you won’t silence. No one is afraid of you here. PS: Dear PM @narendramodi, your daily briefings will continue”, he said.

The former IAS officer was recently asked to resume his duty immediately following the Covid 19 pandemic, but said he would extend his “service in safety, wealth and mind to the government in this battle against the Covid 19 pandemic, it would be as a free and responsible citizen and no longer as an IAS officer”.

Gopinathan had left the service on the grounds of “intolerance and constraining freedom of speech”.

Tagged: Gujarat police   Kannan Gopinathan   Prashant Bhushan   misleading people   social media   Lockdown   Indian Penal Code   Covid19  
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