Cops detain Payal Rohatgi for Nehru family remarks

Cops detain Payal Rohatgi for Nehru family remarks

In the wake of an FIR filed against Payal Rohatgi, the Rajasthan police on Sunday detained the model in Ahmadabad from her parents' house and brought her to Bundi (a district in Rajasthan), where the case was lodged against her. Photo/Twitter (@Payal_Rohatgi)

Bollywood actress and reality TV show Big Boss fame Payal Rohatgi was detained by the Rajasthan police on Sunday allegedly for her comment against Congress leader Motilal Nehru, former Prime Ministers Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi, and other Nehru family members.  

In the wake of an FIR filed against Payal Rohatgi, the Rajasthan police on Sunday detained the model in Ahmedabad from her parents' house and brought her to Bundi, a district in Rajasthan, where the case was lodged against her. "Payal Rohatgi has been detained after she was found guilty in the preliminary investigation by the Bundi police. During the investigation, our team reached her residence in Mumbai. Later, Rohtagi was found at her parent's home in Gujarat," confirmed Bundi Superintendent Police Mamta Gupta. 

She has been booked under Section 67 of the IT Act (Punishment for publishing or transmitting obscene material in electronic form) and Sections 504 (Intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) and 505 (Whoever makes, publishes or circulates any statement, rumour or report) of the Indian Penal Code. 

Rajasthan Youth Congress general secretary Charmesh Sharma had filed a complaint against model Payal Rohtagi for posting an objectionable video about Motilal Nehru, Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, among others on Facebook in October, at the Bundi Sadar police station. The Rajasthan police had formerly served a notice to Rohtagi for allegedly posting the objectionable video.

In the video that was circulated on the internet, Payal is seen allegedly commenting that "Motilal Nehru was not the real father of Jawaharlal Nehru". 

On Sunday morning, Payal broke the news of getting detained on her Twitter handle.

Her tweet went viral on social media where many of her followers accused the Congress government in Rajasthan for curbing the freedom of expression.

State unit of Bharatiya Janata Party lashed out at the Congress government for arresting Rohatgi. The BJP spokesperson in Rajasthan Laxmikant Bharadwaj said, "By arresting Payal Rohatgi, Congress government in Rajasthan has proved that they have a double face. Rajasthan police's act is shameful. CM Gehlot, who also happens to be the Home Minister, should intervene."

Rohatgi, who introduces herself as a 'proud Hindu and a Ram Bhakt’ on her verified Twitter handle, is known for making controversial statements. She has, in the past, grabbed attention for criticisizing the people of Kerala for not banning cow slaughter in the state and later her opinion about the Triple Talaq Ordinance. 

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