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Karnataka HC restrains UP Police from taking any ‘coercive action’ against Twitter India’s Manish Maheshwari

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The Karnataka High Court on Thursday passed an interim order restraining the Uttar Pradesh Police from initiating any coercive action against Twitter Communications India Private Ltd's Manish Maheshwari. The HC was hearing a petition filed by Maheshwari in response to Ghaziabad Police's two notices to him asking him to appear before the police in relation to tweets over the Ghaziabad assault case made on the platform. On June 17, the Loni Border Police Station issued a notice under Section 160 of the CRPC to Maheshwari, designating him as managing director of Twitter India, and asked him to appear before the police in Ghaziabad district. A few days later, the UP Police issued another notice, this time under Section 41 A, saying that if he failed to turn up in Loni Border Police Station, action will be taken against him. While passing the interim order, a single judge bench of Justice G Narender questioned the issuance of the notice to Maheshwari under Section 41 A and asked Uttar Pradesh Police to furnish further information on the matter. The court will hear the case next on June 28 (Monday). In the oral order passed on Thursday evening, the bench said, "The case of the petitioner is that he is an employee of the ninth accused (Twitter India), and is the revenue head in charge of advertising and sales, he is neither a member of the board of directors nor is he responsible for the uploading of the alleged video..." In the meanwhile,…

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