Man defames Ajit Pawar, Amravati LS candidate on social media, booked
Pune: Defaming deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Amravati Lok Sabha candidate Navneet Kaur Rana on Whatsapp and Facebook landed a man in trouble when he was booked by the Haveli police on Wednesday. A case has been registered against Santosh Parkhi for circulating the photograps of Rana on the social media .
The police have registered the offence under the IT Act.
It could be the first offence registered in the city which would amount to the violation of model code of conduct ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.
Rana is an actress who has worked in Tollywood movies and after her name was announced as an official candidate of NCP from Amravati constituency, many messages along with her photos were circulated on WhatsApp and Facebook.
The NCP vice-president of Pune District unit Anand Madhav Mate from Khadakwasla registered the case on Wednesday night.
Mate received a message through WhatsApp on his cellphone on Wednesday evening at 6.20 pm. After seeing the objectionable message on his cellphone from a stranger, he filed a case with Haveli police and gave the cellphone number. Haveli police station inspector AT Pawar, who is investigating the case, discovered on Thursday that the cellphone belonged to Parkhi. Turn to p14
Parakhi has reportedly told the police that his handset was lost for two hours and the said message was sent in that span. Meanwhile, additional superintendent of police Ravindrasinh Pardeshi refused to comment on the issue. On the contrary, resident deputy collector Suresh Jadhav said that the district administration has not yet received the information about the offence.
He said, “If at all there is any kind of defamatory thing about any official candidate, it will amount to violation of the model code of conduct and it would come to fore during the investigation of the case.”
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