Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani was arrested by Assam Police late on April 20 from the Palampur Circuit House in Gujarat in relation to a controversial tweet he posted about Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Indian Express reported. https://twitter.com/kanhaiyakumar/status/1516876815767584768?s=20&t=ILAG3g2XP7xiyl-kdDys1g Among the other charges, Mevani appears to have been charged under Section 66A of the Information Technology (IT) Act, which was struck down by the Supreme Court in 2015. Why was Jignesh Mevani arrested? Mevani appears to have been arrested based on a complaint filed by Arup Kumar Dey, a BJP leader from Assam’s Kokrajhar district. In his complaint, Dey alleges that Mevani posted a tweet on April 18 which implies that Modi worships and considers Nathuram Godse, Mahatma Gandhi's assassin, as a god. The tweet further urged Modi, on his April 20 visit to Gujarat, to appeal to the public for peace and harmony in areas where communal violence had taken place such as Himmat Nagar, Khambhat and Beraval, the complaint read. "The circulation of the tweet published in the Twitter has caused widespread criticism and has the propensity to disturb public tranquility, prejudicial to maintenance of harmony among a certain section of people. It is more likely to incite a section of the masses belonging to a certain community to commit any offence against other community and as such has the tendency to destroy the social fabric of different communities residing in this part of the country. The tweet may cause disaffection towards a particular community and in all probability is sure to promote enmity or hatred towards different communities, detrimental to…
Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani arrested for controversial tweet on Modi
But IT Act provision related to the arrest was scrapped by Supreme Court.
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