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Though the West Bengal Chief Minister saw it as an attempt at “character assassination”, the State human rights panel took suo motu cognisance of the incident, started a probe and told her government to compensate both the professor and his neighbour for the manner in which they were arrested. Photo: PTI
On September 8, 2012, Aseem Trivedi, an award-winning cartoonist and anti-corruption and Internet freedom crusader, was arrested in Mumbai on charges of sedition, cybercrime, and insulting the national flag, Parliament and the Constitution through his work. Photo: PTI
Does a tweet on reports of corruption deserve a possible penalty of three years imprisonment? The answer seems to be yes, at least according to Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram’s son Karti (in picture). He filed a complaint against businessman Ravi Srinivasan with the Puducherry police, which charged Mr. Srinivasan under Section 66-A of the IT Act, 2008. Photo: The Hindu
On October 18, 2012 singer Chinmayi Sripada lodged a complaint stating that a few individuals were tweeting about her and her mother and making “casteist” and “vulgar” remarks. Chennai Police arrested two men — an associate professor at the National Institute of Fashion Technology and a State government official. The incident divided Netizens down in the middle and the jury is out on the issue. Photo: The Hindu
On November 20, 2012, two young women were arrested on charges of “promoting enmity between classes” and “sending offensive messages through [a] communication service,” after Shaheen Dhada (left) posted, and the Renu Srinivasan ‘liked,’ a message on Facebook, questioning the Mumbai bandh that followed Shiv Sena leader Bal Thackeray’s death. Following a public outcry a probe has been ordered into their arrest. Photo: Special Arrangement
The Indian government made the second largest demand for Web user information — next only to the United States government — to Google in the six-month period from January to June 2012, according to the ‘Transparency Report’ published by the Web services major on November 13, 2012.