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UP Police is vindictive and has hidden agenda: Twitter India employee Manish Maheshwari’s counsel

The remarks were made in a Karnataka High Court hearing of Maheshwari's petition that he filed after UP Police named him in an FIR over the Ghaziabad assault video case. Twitter India MD Manish Maheshwari's counsel said that it was 'vindictive' of the Uttar Pradesh police to issue legal notices insisting on his client's physical appearance at the Loni Border Police Station despite his clarifications, and said it was indicative of having a 'hidden agenda'. Over the last two days, the Karnataka High Court has been hearing a petition filed by Maheshwari seeking relief from the Uttar Pradesh police which had served notices to the former over content that was uploaded on Twitter. Background: The content in question is a viral video of an elderly Muslim man who was attacked in Ghaziabad’s Loni district on June 5. While many took to social media to say that the attack was communal in nature, the Ghaziabad Police claimed that it was not, and it urged Twitter to take down such content. Following that, the Loni Border Police registered an FIR against a few people who uploaded the video and also, against Twitter Inc and Twitter India for allegedly failing to take down the content despite a ‘clarification’ issued by Ghaziabad Police. It is in this regard that the police sent two notices to Twitter India’s Manish Maheshwari, under Section 150 of the CRPC and Section 41 A respectively, urging him to appear in person at the police station for investigation purposes. Earlier,…

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