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In a Ghaziabad FIR, the Karnataka High Court protects Twitter India MD Manish Maheshwari from UP police coercion

Lawstreet Journal 25 Jun 2021 11:40pm

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Business In a Ghaziabad FIR, the Karnataka High Court protects Twitter India MD Manish Maheshwari from UP police coercion

On Thursday (June 24th, 2021) the Karnataka High Court ordered the Uttar Pradesh police not to take coercive action against Manish Maheshwari, Managing Director of Twitter Communications India Private Ltd (TCIPL), in response to the notice issued to him under Section 41A of the Code of Criminal Procedure in the Ghaziabad FIR.

The UP Police have summoned the Twitter employee to the Loni Border Police Station in connection with the Ghaziabad video inquiry. The interim order was issued by a single bench of Justice G Narender in a writ petition filed by Maheshwari under Article 226 of the Indian Constitution, challenging the UP Police notice. "Prima facie, the petitioner is anticipating deprivation of liberty," the bench stated orally. "An interim order will be issued restraining the respondents from taking any coercive action against the petitioner," the bench stated in the order.

Meanwhile, if the police want to question the petitioner, they can do so virtually, according to the High Court. On Monday (June 28, 2021) the Court will hear the case again.

Submissions on Twitter India MD's behalf

Senior Advocate Nagesh argued that, as a mere employee of Twitter Communications India Pvt Ltd, the petitioner had no role in the distribution of the videos. It was claimed that the petitioner was not a member of the company's board of directors and was only the revenue head in charge of advertising sales. Although he was given the title of 'Managing Director,' this is not in accordance with Section 2(54) of the Companies… Continue Reading...

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