Hours after being booked under Sedition law, Congress social media chief Divya Spandana hit back at the complainant, reiterating her stand that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a ‘chor’ (thief).
“Thank you, guys, for extending your support. And for those who didn’t like the tweet, what can I say? Will keep it ‘classy’ next time. India should do away with the sedition law. It’s archaic and misused. To the folks who filed the FIR — #PMChorHai,” Ms Spandana tweeted.
Thank you guys for extending your support and for those who didn’t like the tweet, well, what can I say? Will keep it ‘classy’ next time 😊
India should do away with the sedition law, it’s archaic and misused.
To the folks who filed the FIR- #PMChorHai 🤭😀
— Divya Spandana/Ramya (@divyaspandana) September 26, 2018
The earlier tweet posted by the 36-year-old actor-turned-politician — better known in southern India as Ramya — was a photoshopped image of PM Modi painting the word ‘chor’ (Hindi for thief) on the forehead of his wax statue. It also bore the hashtag: #ChorPMChup Hai. The Uttar Pradesh Police on Tuesday booked Kannada actor and former parliamentarian Divya Spandana for sedition.
‘TWEET GAVE RISE TO HATRED AGAINST PM’
@divyaspandana के विरुद्ध धारा 124आ (राष्ट्रद्रोह) 67 आई टी एक्ट में मुकदमा दर्ज।
धन्येवाद @Uppolice .@narendramodi जी आपकी लीगल टीम को और सक्रिय होना होगा।
मैंने और ट्विटर साथियो ने कारवाही की क्यो की आप देश के प्रधानमंत्री हैं न कि किसी दल के🙏
*आप सब को मुबारक! pic.twitter.com/CYqJhTLaA8
— Dr Syed Rizwan Ahmed (@DrRizwanAhmed1) September 25, 2018
A copy of the FIR was tweeted by the complainant, Syed Rizvan Ahmed, who identifies himself a lawyer and social activist. The FIR said Spandana’s tweet gave rise to “hatred” against the prime minister — a democratically elected leader — and defamed him. The post made fun of India in the international arena, it said.
Lucknow police have charged Ms Spandana under Section 124-A of the Indian Penal Code (sedition) and Section 67 of the Information Technology (Amendment) Act on the basis of the complaint, which accuses her of defaming a democratically elected leader and ridiculing India on the global arena.
That was Spandana’s response, posted yesterday, to a tweet containing a link to a news report on the FIR against her.
In recent days, Congress president Rahul Gandhi, too, has called Modi a thief, after a media house quoted former French president Francois Hollande as saying the Indian government “proposed” Anil Ambani’s Reliance Defence as Rafale manufacturer Dassault Aviation’s Indian partner for the offset clause of the agreement.
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Source- NDTV, IndiaToday.in , Internet , News18