SC Issues Notice to Ex-Twitter India MD on UP Police Plea to Appear for Probe in Loni Assault Case

The Karnataka high court had in July quashed the UP Police notice of personal appearance by Manish Maheshwari in the Ghaziabad assault case, calling it 'a tool of harassment'.

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday issued a notice to former Twitter India managing director Manish Maheshwari on Uttar Pradesh Police’s plea, which had challenged a Karnataka high court order quashing a notice of personal appearance by Maheshwari in the Ghaziabad assault case.

A bench comprising the Chief Justice of India N.V. Ramana, Justice Surya Kant and Justice Hima Kohli was hearing the matter.

The UP Police had registered a first information report (FIR) against certain journalists and media houses, including The Wire, over the videos posted by them showing the Ghaziabad assault alleging that fake news was being spread about the incident to create communal disharmony. Two days later, on June 17, a notice was served on Maheshwari under Section 161 of the Criminal Procedure Code, which enables the investigating officer to seek the appearance of any person who is acquainted with the facts and circumstances of the case.

Maheshwari had filed writ petition in the Karnataka high court against the UP Police summons. Calling the notice “a tool of harassment”, the Karnataka high court on July 23 quashed it, saying that the UP Police issued the coercive notice without ascertaining if Maheshwari had any control over the contents posted in Twitter.

Later, in August, Twitter transferred him to the US, without specifying any reason.

On June 5, a group of men attacked an elderly Muslim man in Loni, Ghaziabad while he was on his way to offer prayers at a mosque. The Muslim man, Abdul Samad, alleged that the assailants chopped off his beard and forced him to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram‘ and ‘Vande Mataram’.