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IAC volunteer tweets himself into trouble, faces three years in jail

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A file photo of Karti Chidambaram. Photo: K. Ananthan
The Hindu A file photo of Karti Chidambaram. Photo: K. Ananthan

Ravi Srinivasan faces up to three years in jail if found guilty

Does a tweet on reports of corruption, sent out to 16 followers, deserve a possible penalty of three years of imprisonment? The answer seems to be yes, at least according to Congress leader and Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram’s son Karti, who filed a complaint against small-time Puducherry businessman Ravi Srinivasan, and the Puducherry police which charged Mr. Srinivasan under Section 66-A of the Information Technology Act, 2008.

Section 66-A deals with messages sent via computer or communication devices which may be “grossly offensive,” have “menacing character,” or even cause “annoyance or inconvenience.” For offences under the section, a person can be fined and jailed up to three years.

Mr. Srinivasan, a 45-year-old supplier of plastic parts to telecom companies and a volunteer with India Against Corruption, had on October 20 tweeted from his Twitter account @ravi_the_indian : “got reports that karthick chidambaram has amassed more wealth than vadra.” Other such tweets reportedly made references to Mr. P. Chidambaram.

Mr. Srinivasan is however appalled by the reaction his tweet has provoked. “At 5 a.m. on Tuesday [October 30] morning, I was woken up and pulled out of my house by CBCID men and told I was under arrest because of my tweets,” he told The Hindu. “My wife and two daughters were in shock. What wrong have I done?”

The police told him he was being charged because of an e-mail complaint sent by Mr. Karti Chidambaram to the Inspector General of Police, in which he accused him of malicious intent to defame a good man. He was produced before a judicial magistrate and released on bail that evening.

Mr. Chidambaram was out of the country on Wednesday, and remained unavailable for comment. But he did post a short statement on his own Twitter account @KartiPC. “Free speech is subject to reasonable restrictions. I have a right to seek constitutional/legal remedies over defamatory/scurrilous tweets,” he said to his 3,655 followers. He did not respond to queries on Twitter.

Mr. Srinivasan — whose Twitter tagline reads: Jai- hind guy, want to see India as no 1 in every sphere, believer that india can do it — has only posted 110 tweets in his one and a half years on the microblogging site. He has a grand total of 16 followers, as of Wednesday evening.

“My tweet refers to reports I read about Karti Chidambaram and Robert Vadra in the newspapers. It is not even my own opinion. I don’t know what is defamatory about it,” he said. “When I read the kind of tweets other people have written on corruption, I do not know why I am being targeted.” He wondered if his involvement with the IAC, and participation in their activities in Puducherry, has brought this upon him. In his latest tweet, he asked the IAC for “moral support.”

Interestingly, on October 22, Mr. Chidambaram had tweeted about a story in The Hindu on the arrest of two people who had allegedly harassed singer Chinmayi Sripada on Twitter, and were charged under Section 66-A of the IT Act. Linking to The Hindu’s article, Mr. Chidambaram’s tweet added: “food for thought for you know who! :)”

Activists campaigning for online freedom of speech say this kind of charge under the IT Act was inevitable, given the ambiguous nature of Section 66-A. Pranesh Prakash, policy director of the Bangalore-based Centre for Internet and Society, says the clause is “overbroad,” “unconstitutional,” and does not satisfy Article 19 (2) of the Constitution which allows for restrictions on freedom of speech and expression.

He points out that there is no equivalent law for any offline communication, whether in verbal or printed format. “If you write a book that annoys or inconveniences me, even deliberately, I have no civil or criminal recourse. But if you send an e-mail message, or post a tweet, you could face three years in jail,” says Mr. Prakash. “That’s higher than the two-year imprisonment for causing death by negligence.”

I can very well understand the frustration of my fellow citizens. But I cannot make sense that under the freedom of speech act you can make allegations against anyone without even having a fraction of material evidence.Everyone has the right to raise your hand, until and than it doesn't touch my nose.Under the freedom of speech I don't have the right to ridicule a person whoo was born in 8th century or 50 B.C. in my country. So if Mr. Srinivasan doesn't have evidence he should tender an unconditional apology and I wish that Karti will withdraw the case. But at the same time if he does have the evidence the court should proceed the case in a non-partisan manner and give stringent punishment for either Karti or Srinivasan who has violated the law. But at the same time I wish the concerned police officer should atleast be transferred for misbehaving and overreacting against his fellow citizen, where I don't personally think there is need for an arrest.

from:  R.Manivarmane
Posted on: Nov 3, 2012 at 13:31 IST

Police reacted well just b`cos of the message/ email!!? surprising! and
it`s clear that they`ll put everybody who raise word about anything,
poor fellow srinivasan did tweet about the news that he got from
people..so police must enquire at the roots and root cause but not at
the people doors who raise alarm or mention what they heard...and of
course tweeters should act carefully and intelligently!

from:  durga
Posted on: Nov 3, 2012 at 13:14 IST

Fair practices is required ...now days its like u blame me i will search
something against u and blame, instead of investigating people are
playing Blame games.

from:  Arun
Posted on: Nov 3, 2012 at 11:37 IST

Hauled up at 5:00 am and demanding 15 days detention for four line
tweet is a lightning operation. The tweet is a watered down rehash of
serious accusations doing media rounds for months! Either a case of
lack of common sense that this will be publicly scrutinised in the
internet era, or worse brazenness that ordinary man can be dealt
whimsically. As top brass are involved – it may be brazenness. It
is not uncommon news of road blockages etc to get police register FIR
and act for very serious crimes involving poor. When significant
amount of energies of top brass and minions alike are spent on
security and running errands of politicians on a daily basis, this is
to be expected.
With ballooning corruption (lahks of crores) curbing even gossip at
grass roots assumes importance. With the kind of scams and semi-scams,
public is fast losing credibility of the political and bureaucratic
institutions. But even to deny venting by gossip is a getting to
obviously brazen levels. Public perception does not matter. There
are several countries where this sort of behavior would have heads
rolling. The desensitization process could have far reaching impact
on public morality and future of the country.

from:  Omkaram Rameshan
Posted on: Nov 3, 2012 at 07:58 IST

Nobody knows whether the allegations made by Mr. Srinivasan are correct or not, at
least not until they are investigated. Having said this, an offensive tweet can't and
shouldn't bring upon a jail term leave aside a 3yr term. This is outrageous and
unthinkable, don't even have words to express. Considering we have 7yr punishment
for rapists, Section 66A seriously needs amendment.

from:  Siddharth Pandit
Posted on: Nov 2, 2012 at 22:32 IST

what about the allegations made by people by political parties upon each other during election campaigns.They are much worse beyond boundaries. i dont see any arrests being made during those. thats bcos the law doesnt hold for those who are in power. It seems , the arrests comes in to picture only when a common man raises the same allegations in a polite decent way!!.

from:  Dinesh
Posted on: Nov 2, 2012 at 21:28 IST

Almost every comment here is exposing and echoing similar sentiment as
Mr Srinivasan. Are you going to arrest everyone?

from:  hari
Posted on: Nov 2, 2012 at 18:48 IST

This is what we call 'police raj', the poor who complain about the rich gets harassed and the super rich loots the country. what a shame!!!

from:  Jacob
Posted on: Nov 2, 2012 at 18:05 IST

The point is can I make a statement on somone wihtout facts?
How can it be called my freedom when I accuse someone without the knowing truth?
Just because Ravi is a volunteer of IAC does it gaurantee him to make a statement without facts?!
And just because Karti is a politician's son does it gaurantee that he is corrupt?!
no offcence meant...

from:  shobana
Posted on: Nov 2, 2012 at 18:05 IST


Now on wards we cant even talk about corrupted people.And going
against them is far Away.
Ravi Srinivasan,we are with you because comparing wealth of person is
not any crime.Now,we have no right to claim our nation from those
corrupted people.We are in a monarchic country.
"Paap ka paisa baap ko bhi nahi chorta" - every 1 is born empty
handed,and will go empty handed .


from:  Pritam Dutta
Posted on: Nov 2, 2012 at 15:00 IST

I wonder how they managed to spot such a solitary tweet from an
infrequent tweeter.

from:  Undagunda
Posted on: Nov 2, 2012 at 13:09 IST

Great work Hindu . Thanks for good work and true and honest spirit..

from:  vs balajee
Posted on: Nov 2, 2012 at 12:58 IST

Police machinery has shown there extra loyalty to the political rulers of this country. Will this instant action be rendered by the police if an ordinary citizen goes and files a complaint. What a great country we are living in? We shud hang our head in shame to be ruled by such politicians and of course the law enforcement authorities who show such 24x7 loyalty to these political masters instead of serving the public and yet we call them public servants.
gopu

from:  GOPU
Posted on: Nov 2, 2012 at 12:44 IST

If I say 'A' is richer than 'B' is it an offence? And if so should the penalty bebe upto 3 yrs. imprisonment?

Now look at this way. Suppose 'B' has already been alleged of becoming rich by illegal means. And'A' is compared to 'B', then 'A' can feel offended as he is compared to an illegally rich person. Now please draw your own conclusions.

from:  Raman V.R
Posted on: Nov 2, 2012 at 11:59 IST

Indian's should challenge this law in supreme court and arrest both police and KC if they are on wrong side. However, it is correct to arrest for tweeting on anyone without evidence then this should be applicable to politicians and Indian press/media and they should arrest all before arresting a common Indian.

Some Indian who commented here should take note that law is equally applicable to Indian politician, press, media and public.

Indian law is not written differently for Gandhi's, Vadra's, Maran's, Pawar's, Kalmadi's, Ambani's, Sardesai's, Thapar's, Gupta's and Ram's.

from:  Mahendra
Posted on: Nov 2, 2012 at 11:38 IST

I don't understand what was the need to arrest this guy at 5A.M.? Just
imagine some one knocking your door at 5 A.M. and you got arrested just
for sharing print media news via electronic media.
I am very sad for Ravi Srinivasan sir. Hope people of India are with
him.

from:  Srihari
Posted on: Nov 2, 2012 at 10:59 IST

Do our elected representatives have no shame?

from:  Deb
Posted on: Nov 2, 2012 at 10:16 IST

Gestapo land! 3 year jail for tweet. A few months jail for multi million dollar corruptions like 2g,commonwealth etc. Each constituency should have an annual "MP recall option election" - a mini election every year on a pre-fixed date, where the people get a chance to dismiss a corrupt/non performing MP. Will my IP address be recorded and arrested for saying this ! Not impossible. Freedom, you see.

from:  B J Krishnan
Posted on: Nov 2, 2012 at 09:46 IST

Big brother Chidambaram, be careful. You are inviting trouble.

from:  Nileen Putatunda
Posted on: Nov 2, 2012 at 08:40 IST

Surprised by Karthi's complaint. He and Kanimozhi ran an organization
called 'Karuthu' promoting freedom of speech.

from:  mohan p
Posted on: Nov 2, 2012 at 08:28 IST

If a 1000 more people retweet Mr.Srinivasan's message will the police do the same?

from:  Krishna V V
Posted on: Nov 2, 2012 at 08:19 IST

Congress want that no one speak against them because every one in
congress is corrupt. Because they don't have any thing to restrict
people so they want restriction on freedom of speech.

from:  yashwant kumar
Posted on: Nov 2, 2012 at 08:00 IST

I am really shocked.

Police is working on email complaint.

Can the Common people of India have the facility to send his
compliant to Police through email and Police will take action
against this?

from:  dK
Posted on: Nov 2, 2012 at 07:21 IST

By the way, is India still a democracy with a written constitution or a banana republic?
The doubt arises because we are told that we have a crown prince waiting for his
coronation and a police force which can be directed by a mantriji's son to arrest
someone at any time he wants for an offense the mantrikumar thinks that the said
person has committed.

from:  K. Vijayakumar
Posted on: Nov 2, 2012 at 07:13 IST

Are we in a democracy or monarchy? Cannot talk about Vadra, Karti and
the like who are doing what they do because they are related to Public
Servants. What a slavery have we brought on oursleves!

I am more shocked to learn that the punishment for expressing your
anger by a decent tweet to your own followers is way more than that
for causing negligent death.

Jungle Raj!

from:  Rajan Srinivasan
Posted on: Nov 2, 2012 at 07:02 IST

Law will do its duty. But only for the famous and powerful.

from:  Chinnadurai Gangatharan
Posted on: Nov 2, 2012 at 06:39 IST

It appears as if India is becoming a banana republic for real. Hope I
won't be thrown in jail for this comment

from:  Prashanth
Posted on: Nov 2, 2012 at 04:18 IST

I am not able to understand, is our right to free speech under arrest or
is our democracy ?
I hope News Media help this person, not because he is an IAC member, but
because he is a fellow country man, who just dared to point at some one
powerful who may have done something wrong.
I wont be surprised if tomorrow the Govt. makes a new rule and News
media's rights too are taken away.

from:  Rajesh
Posted on: Nov 2, 2012 at 04:14 IST

the only way to protest this unjustice is tweet the same message to
all.karthi chidambaram amassed wealth than vadra.if i tell ambany
amassed more wealth than tata then is it an insult to ambany ? in which
way ?.let us find out who had how much wealth?.

from:  thangavelu
Posted on: Nov 2, 2012 at 03:23 IST

Death by negligence - Two year imprisonment.
Right of Speech used via web - Three year imprisonment.
The above says defamation is a bigger crime than death, where is our
judicial system heading towards.
I wonder if Right of Speech via the web is a crime, then i believe that
half of country's youth population will be imprisoned.

from:  Shiva
Posted on: Nov 2, 2012 at 02:24 IST

Well if he is jailed for contemplating the corruptness of his leaders,
that pretty much proves that those leaders are indeed corrupt.

The world over as long as we allow these arrogants to gain and stay in power we
will face exactly this kind of bullshit.

from:  Aaron
Posted on: Nov 2, 2012 at 02:00 IST

Somehow the event reminds me of the corrupt politicians behaving like the serpent who eats its own tail. Looks like a downfall to me. It is a good sign this ! They will punish themselves in the end....Ha Ha.

from:  Sunil
Posted on: Nov 2, 2012 at 01:08 IST

@Sanjay Nair: Freedom of speech has to be absolute. There can be no
limited version of free speech. A limited free speech is not free
speech at all. What is acceptable for one person may be offensive for
someone else. If we were to strike down all such speech, we won't have
free speech anymore. Authoritarian governments all around the world
are using this very "Free speech without offense" nonsense to spread
fear and suppress people from raising genuine issues. The story
reported in this article may serve as an excellent example for this,
if indeed the allegations raised by Mr.Srinivasan are true. Please
watch US President Obama's speech at the U.N. earlier this year where
he defended free speech amidst the backlash that was happening in
Libya. We need to understand what free speech truly is and realize
that everyone has a right to have an opinion and be vocal about it.

from:  Arun
Posted on: Nov 2, 2012 at 00:26 IST

This means that i cant quote or interpret what a newspaper or an article
says ???

from:  Santhosh
Posted on: Nov 2, 2012 at 00:17 IST

If he is convicted,tomorrow every other corrupt politician/bureaucrat
will use this provision to jail people asking for an investigation
against alleged irregularities. I hope our courts will have a rational
debate on this. Even if Ravi is wrong I don't think his tweet was
"grossly offensive" or "menacing character" in nature. In general,laws
must be made for normal people not for hypersensitive individuals.

from:  Arjun
Posted on: Nov 2, 2012 at 00:10 IST

What these politicians think of themselves their time is up and they will pay the price what they have done to nation

from:  Chidambaram
Posted on: Nov 2, 2012 at 00:00 IST

What's so offensive in that tweet?

from:  Arjun
Posted on: Nov 1, 2012 at 23:56 IST

This is a scary development. This is like a secret service spying on the
citizens of the country.

from:  rahul
Posted on: Nov 1, 2012 at 23:30 IST

How is Ravi Srinivasan guilty? It is cruel to arrest him.Will the police
act on complaints by ordinary citizens? Overnight Ravi is known to
millions of people.His arrest has shown how democracy is under
threat.Sabko sanmathi dhe Bhagwan.

from:  S.Srinivasan
Posted on: Nov 1, 2012 at 23:25 IST

The IT act, cyber laws etc have provided huge/unreasonable punishments, which simply establish that the laws are directly copied from US, Uk etc. Its totally wrong and against natural justice to grill someone for 3 yrs for petty defamatory offense. Even the info.tech law provides that if someone send adult sms ,mms he is liable for 3 to 7 years of imprisonment with huge fine. All this could not be justified and seems bad in law. The public should come forward and agitate against such nonsense laws and should extend full support to the IAC worker in large number.

from:  darshan
Posted on: Nov 1, 2012 at 22:46 IST

This political class and their family , think that they keep India in their pocket..Shameful creatures. Support Ravi..let us give lakhs of tweets on this issue and see how many complaints they file...

from:  Arvind
Posted on: Nov 1, 2012 at 22:43 IST

"The police told him he was being charged because of an e-mail complaint sent by Mr. Karti Chidambaram to the Inspector General of Police"

I still wonder, police accept complaints through email and acts within 6 hours... is that only for influential people or every common man?

from:  Srinivas
Posted on: Nov 1, 2012 at 21:56 IST

Remember that our country is richest in whole world and it is not
obvious because people are not coming forward to say that they
are rich and why because they might not earned it legitimately
and might have done in by hook or crook. By end of 21st century, India will be star in whole world because nearly one-third of our
population will be rich (but poorer as we lose all of natural
resources to these rich as they exploit it without any shame) and
I encourage you join politics and become some leader and you
don't need a lot of education and if get one, you can become rich
very fast, if you are in politics.

from:  Sesha
Posted on: Nov 1, 2012 at 21:47 IST

Hey, we should all retweet his message.

from:  Leon
Posted on: Nov 1, 2012 at 21:10 IST

This is simply appalling! Big brother is watching us! Beware folks.. the
citizens have no right for anything. All of us simply slog full day
long.. and what we get in return? An arrest warrant for putting out our
frustrations in twitter. The thought itself is unimaginable.

from:  Surya
Posted on: Nov 1, 2012 at 20:58 IST

First this act was brought to control the freedom of speech, second the police acted so fast against common man if the complaint is given against Congress politicians whether police will act in same speed. This is ridiculous.

People should teach a lesson to such politicians in next elections. JAI HIND

from:  SRI
Posted on: Nov 1, 2012 at 20:52 IST

as he is the son of chidambaram thats Mr ravi has been jailed,this is absolutely disgusting,this is not at all democracy Mr chidambaram!

from:  sunil
Posted on: Nov 1, 2012 at 20:38 IST

If we claim that we are fighting against corruption we must be prepared for the worst. More will come. No complaints...........

from:  anuj sharma
Posted on: Nov 1, 2012 at 20:27 IST

Wow... In the world largest democracy, freedom of speech is a ridicule.
such a misuse of power against common man and nobody will ever say
anything against the person who mocked the the entire Indian nationals
as mango man on a social website. Shameless act of self-centered
politicians.

from:  RP
Posted on: Nov 1, 2012 at 19:16 IST

An honest Haryana IAS Officer threatened...no action taken....Finance ministers son mentioned in a tweet....man arrested....mango men in banana republic...

from:  Anish Awasthi
Posted on: Nov 1, 2012 at 19:15 IST

This is the height of political arrogance. This shows what the congress
party intends to do. In fact, we are worse than a Banana republic where
a powerful Salman Khurdhid can openly threaten of dire consequences a
Kejriwal and no case is filed against him but a common citizen cannot
tweet about what he heard from other or what he read. This is too much.
The congress govt deserves a permanent exit. In fact, this message of
mine can also land me in trouble. Won't be surprised if police will be
at my doorstep tomorrow morning at 3 am.

from:  Rohan
Posted on: Nov 1, 2012 at 18:38 IST

Next thing,are they going to arrest people for gossip?....it was almost
a conversation....with only 16 people in it!....Mr. Vadra is right,
banana republic it is. Mr. Srinivasan might be liable for a non-
cognizable offense and a civil suit for some defamation and a small
monetary penalty, if at all, but an arrest at 5 AM in the morning!! Mr.
Karti Chidambaram, you need to grow up, and do that fast please.

from:  venkat
Posted on: Nov 1, 2012 at 18:31 IST

Shame on democracy for not allowing a person to have his freedom of speech for all the corrupt politicians in our country..and shame on the police officers too... Did they punish the minister when he called the police in delhi to arrest Anna Hazare and Ramdev who was voicing people against these corrupt ministers..The blame is on us who elects them and put them in power.

from:  Sharma
Posted on: Nov 1, 2012 at 18:25 IST

IF one is to go through the comments in the News Papers on articles they publish every day on any doings by the Top in the
country-you will find MANY utterly vicious,personal and malicious
responses and counter responses.
No one bothers to take action-against the contributors or the moderators or the owners of the newspapers themselves,

from:  alok sen
Posted on: Nov 1, 2012 at 18:13 IST

There must be proper investigation into the allegation before putting the accused behind the bars. In the instant case, law has taken a hasty course and violated the fundamental rights provided by the Constitution. However in India everything is possible--the common people cry life-long for justice; on the other hand murderers, rapists, extortionists, frauds and whatnot having apex level connection easily twist the law in their favour

from:  dipen dutta
Posted on: Nov 1, 2012 at 18:12 IST

what CM OF TAMILNADU doing?.do IG is more powerfull than CM of state.

from:  jeeetu
Posted on: Nov 1, 2012 at 18:10 IST

this is utter nonsense, people have freedom of speech! When people come into public domain, this is one thing they should be ready to face. Yes, I agree you cannot respond to every sentence thrown at you on the web. But suing for every sentence you disagree with is rubbish and the one who does so looks like an intolerant for criticism.
And if this continues soon people who draw "pun-intended" cartoons for the Hindu can also be pulled in for defamation!!!

from:  sriram
Posted on: Nov 1, 2012 at 18:08 IST

This had to happen. In a country that wears its 'sentiments' on its sleeves, whats to
stop politicians from passing laws that prevent their 'sentiments' being hurt?

from:  Sparsh
Posted on: Nov 1, 2012 at 18:07 IST

This is absolutely nonsense in a democracy where people have right to speech and expression.Is this a Talibani system. intentionally gov is targeting a soft target. Khurshid open life threat To Kejriwal is not a crime,Subramanayam swami openly calling PC a Crook and Sonia Gandhi a Viskanya then where were the Law?? People must object this nonsense.

from:  sanju
Posted on: Nov 1, 2012 at 17:31 IST

Need SIT investigation against it.

from:  nivi
Posted on: Nov 1, 2012 at 16:44 IST

Is there any other way to discuss about the politician-looters of this Country’s wealth, if I abandon my Constitutional right to Free Speech? If Ravi Srinivasan has reflected the contemporary political conditions in his tweets, then he has exercised his Free Speech as an individual citizen of this country. Why do you murder democracy by arresting this dutiful citizen? Long live Free speech!!

from:  A.Kannan
Posted on: Nov 1, 2012 at 16:19 IST

Whatever may be the outcome of this issue, one thing is sure that Congress is doomed in next election, unless, intelligentsia abstain from voting and Congress party manage to buy rest of the votes to first past the pole.

from:  Abhishek Garg
Posted on: Nov 1, 2012 at 16:03 IST

Will the errant police officers be punished ? A provision of law existing is no excuse to police misusing it for harassing innocent people.

Police can't determine whether something is defamatory or not (it needs a competent Court to examine that). Therefore arrests based on IT Act is bound to be abused and it has been.
Corrupt officers of cyber cells are also providing "private service" using IT Act as cover to harass whistleblowers. This must stop.

from:  Kumar
Posted on: Nov 1, 2012 at 14:32 IST

Ravi had allegedly said on Twitter Karti P Chidambaram amassed more
wealth than Vadra !!!, dont know who's more insulted, Vadra or Karti ?

from:  Narayanan
Posted on: Nov 1, 2012 at 13:52 IST

It is misuse of power by politicians and misuse of law using the power.
politicians do not have feelings of serving the people, they rather rule
them using power, law and law enforcing agencies.
I feel pained to say that we could not the preserve the essence of
democracy earned by sacrifice of millions and still hauling and calling
ourselves as the largest Democratic Nation.

from:  naresh gupta
Posted on: Nov 1, 2012 at 13:38 IST

Constitution guarantees freedom of expression to all Indians .... but that does not mean one can indulge in spreading canards against other people .... we have seen Arts, Literature And Cultural Events being organized in the name of Freedom of expression that hurts the sentiments of others in the society .... surely those who are organizing such events are not unaware of consequence that will be brought about in doing so .... Thus I am in total disagreement with those who try to take shelter under the clause of 'Freedom Of Expression' while they go around creating disturbance and discord in the society with impunity .....

from:  Sanjay Nair
Posted on: Nov 1, 2012 at 13:24 IST

A special law commission should be set up to bring punishment given under different section of IPC and other special laws in harmony with each other. It is ridiculous that for causing death one gets 2 years and for writing that a person has amassed wealth 3 years

from:  S. Vatsya
Posted on: Nov 1, 2012 at 12:50 IST

"It was alleged that Ravi had posted messages stating that Karthi Chidambaram had amassed wealth more than that of Robert Vadra, son-in-law of Congress President Sonia Gandhi." Is amassing wealth offensive, then, or was there more to the tweets than that? By that token, India now has several hundred billionaires, whose existence must therefore be offensive to the Indian state. Will the state take action against them?

from:  Anivar Aravind
Posted on: Nov 1, 2012 at 12:40 IST

I am in support of Mr. Srinivasan. Free speech is everyone's right and
also this is mentioned in constitution. Karti Chidambaram's reaction
proves that there is something truth which Mr. Srinivasan has
mentioned and which made him angry.
It is a big shame for all of us that we are among these kind of
politicians who say they are public servants but they don't miss a
chance to thrash common man when they point there mistakes.
Let me see if I also get arrested after this post.
Jai Hind.

from:  Soumen Banerjee
Posted on: Nov 1, 2012 at 12:09 IST

Who are you kidding! The Raja of the thieves spent only a year or so for having been the kingpin in the 1.76 lakh crore 2G scam, and you are saying that Mr. Srinivasan will spend 3 years in jail for a 'tweet'? I for one am ready to protest against this injustice in any peaceful way possible. Any others?

from:  Ramesh
Posted on: Nov 1, 2012 at 11:51 IST

The action of the Police in this instance is a gross misuse of law.
The offence is unlikely to be held valid under Section 66A of ITA
2008. In fact the Police while jumping into action perhaps did not
have even a valid authenticated email complaint from the
complainant and there was no indication of a prima facie
defamation.

from:  Naavi
Posted on: Nov 1, 2012 at 11:15 IST

As of now 611 followers for ravi_the_indian .
Thanks the hindu for highlighting the issue of freedom of speech.

from:  Vinod
Posted on: Nov 1, 2012 at 10:43 IST

while the fight against corruption should be taken to its logical end with severe punishment, the urge to complain & go ballistic without sufficient proof which can be proved in the court, must be dealt with equal force of law to maintain the sanctity of authentic complaint against corruption, so as not to demolish the integrity of an innocent person.

from:  tapan sur
Posted on: Nov 1, 2012 at 09:36 IST

I am not sure whether the tweeter has material evidence for his allegation. If he does have than that should be investigated and action taken according to the law of our nation against the perpetuator. But if he doesn't have the evidence an apology from the tweeter should close this case. Anything more than that is not good for Indian democracy.But at the same time I wish our fellow indians think twice before tweeting against influential person as in our country law will be very apt if the complaint is from the bigshots.

from:  R.Manivarmane
Posted on: Nov 1, 2012 at 01:37 IST
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