Press Esc to close
Saturday 23 July 2016
News updated at 10:20 PM IST
Weather
Max: 24.5°C
Min : 19.5°C
In Bengaluru
Generally cloudy

SP, magistrate face music in Facebook case

Mumbai, Nov 27, 2012, DHNS:
File Photo

The Maharashtra government on Tuesday announced the suspension of two police officers and transfer of a magistrate involved in the arrest of two Palghar girls for posting comments on Facebook.

The SP (Thane-Rural) and Palghar police station in-charge were placed under suspension, with the Registrar of Bombay High Court transferring the magistrate, who had ordered judicial custody for the two collegians, before releasing them on bail.

On November 18, two college going girls from Palghar, 104 km from Mumbai, in early twenties—Shaheen Dhada and Renu Srinivasan—were taken into custody as the former had posted a comment on a social networking site remarking: “We should remember Chandrashekhar Azad, Bhagat Singh and Sukhdev—the martyrs of India’s independence instead of closing down the city due to the death of Thackeray.”

Shaheen’s friend Reenu responded with a “Like” post.
A complaint by a local Shiv Sena partyman at Palghar taluka was taken seriously by the police officers, who began interrogating the two girls even as a mob led by party workers vandalised an orthopaedic clinic belonging to Dhada’s uncle in the town on Sunday night.
The next day, the Palghar police picked the two girls and charged them under Section 505 (2) (creating public enmity) and 295 (a) (hurting religious sentiments) of IPC and Section 64 (a) of the Information Technology Act 2000.

Giving details of the action taken report in the matter, Maharashtra Home Minister R R Patil said : “Based on the report submitted by the Inspector General of Konkan Range (Sukhvinder Singh), it has been decided that Superintendent of Police (Thane Rural) Ravindra Sengaonkar be suspended and a departmental probe be ordered against him.

Similarly, the Palghar police station in-charge Shrikant Pingle would also be suspended pending a departmental inquiry. The magistrate, Ramchandra Bagade, has also been transferred from Palghar to Jalgaon. However, that has been done by the registrar of the high court. So I cannot comment on it.”

However, Patil cautioned that the decision “does not mean that social networking sites can be used to post anything.”


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacting with the children at the launch of the Reliance...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacting with the children at the launch of the Reliance...

Flamingos fly over Chandlai Lake in Jaipur on Saturday. Flamingos travel thousands of miles...

Flamingos fly over Chandlai Lake in Jaipur on Saturday. Flamingos travel thousands of miles...

Director Porsche India oavan Shetty with new Porsche 911 car during the launch in Bengaluru...

Director Porsche India oavan Shetty with new Porsche 911 car during the launch in Bengaluru...

Women on a boat wade through flooded area after heavy showers in Mayong village in Morigoan...

Women on a boat wade through flooded area after heavy showers in Mayong village in Morigoan...

Kite club India fly's 300 kite during Kite festival 2016 as the part of Income Declaration...

Kite club India fly's 300 kite during Kite festival 2016 as the part of Income Declaration...

Villagers along with their cattle wade through a Banana raft from the flood affected village...

Villagers along with their cattle wade through a Banana raft from the flood affected village...

A fan sports painting Rajinikanth's Kabali on his body at the release of his new film 'Kabali' ...

A fan sports painting Rajinikanth's Kabali on his body at the release of his new film 'Kabali' ...

A Peacock at the Zoo in Surat, Gujarat on Friday...

A Peacock at the Zoo in Surat, Gujarat on Friday...

Women Congress members holding a protest over women's safety issue outside Delhi CM Arvind...

Women Congress members holding a protest over women's safety issue outside Delhi CM Arvind...

A Security jawan guards in a street during curfew and strike in Srinagar for the 14th consecutive..

A Security jawan guards in a street during curfew and strike in Srinagar for the 14th consecutive..

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523