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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
 

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