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Supreme Court issues notice to Twitter India’s former head over fresh appeal in Ghaziabad case

Appealing against an earlier ruling, the UP government sought to rake up the case on the grounds of court jurisdiction.

The Supreme Court has sought a response from Twitter employee Manish Maheshwari on an appeal by the Uttar Pradesh government against a Karnataka High Court judgement that quashed a notice related to a police investigation of content posted on Twitter. According to the Press Trust of India (PTI), a bench headed by Chief Justice NV Ramana took note of the submissions made by Solicitor General Tushar Mehta. "We issue notice. We need to hear the case," the bench comprising justices Surya Kant and Hima Kohli said. In July, the Karnataka High Court quashed a UP Police notice issued under Sec 41 A that mandated Maheshwari to appear before it regarding a case. The said notice empowered the police to arrest Maheshwari if deemed that he was uncooperative. Over a month, the Karnataka High Court heard the petition filed by Maheshwari seeking relief from the Uttar Pradesh police which had served two 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…

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