The Bombay High Court on Wednesday quashed the FIR against local resident Sunaina Holey for tweeting against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and his son and Minister Aditya Thackeray about COVID-19 and migrants.
A division bench of Judges SS Shinde and MS Karnik said: “It cannot be said that his (three) tweets have created hostility or hatred between the communities.
The bench said: “Assuming the said tweet was an extreme view in retaliation for the expression of a person in the crowd blaming the Indian Prime Minister, the said tweet has yet to be judged from the mind. of a strong and prudent person. . ”
Ms Holey was arrested in August 2020 by the Bandra Kurla Complex Cybercrime Station and booked under Articles 153A (promotion of enmity between different groups on the grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc. and doing acts detrimental to the maintenance of harmony.), 500 (punishment for defamation) and 505 2 (statements creating or encouraging enmity, hatred or ill will between classes) of the Penal Code Indian.
His first tweet was a video of a man blaming Mr Modi for the coronavirus. She wrote: “How can anyone blame the Prime Minister for COVID when it is an act of God?”
In her second tweet, she posted a cartoon of Mr. Thackeray and his son, and in the third, she got into a fight with a person and allegedly used abusive language because he told her she couldn’t not criticize the rulers of Maharashtra because she is not a Maharashtrian.