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K’taka HC grants interim bail to Twitter India MD in Ghaziabad ‘assault’ video

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: The Karnataka high court on Thursday granted interim relief to Twitter India managing director, Manish Maheshwari, saying no coercive action needed to be taken against him in connection with Ghaziabad assault video that surfaced on social media few days back. 

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“If Ghaziabad police wants to examine Twitter MD then it can do so through virtual mode,” the HC order said.

Maheshwari appeared before the Karnataka high court after a petition notice was issued by the Ghaziabad police, in a probe related to the assault of an elderly man. 

According to media reports, Maheshwari’s counsel told the court that he was an employee of the organisation and has nothing to do with the offence.

The Twitter India MD, who lives in Bengaluru in Karnataka, was issued notice by the Ghaziabad police on June 17. He was asked to report at its Loni Border police station within seven days to get his statement recorded in the case.

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Maheshwari had earlier offered to join through video conference, but his request was rejected by the UP police.

In a video clip, which surfaced on social media on June 14, an elderly purportedly said that he was thrashed by some young men and was asked to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’.

The Ghaziabad police, however, ruled out a communal angle and said incident was a result of personal enmity as the accused were unhappy about a ‘tabeez’ (amulet) Saifi had sold to them.

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