The director of Twitter in India, Manish Maheshwari, was questioned by Delhi police last month within the case involving an alleged “Congress toolkit,” sources said on Thursday. A team of the Delhi Police Special Cell was in Bengaluru on May 31 to question Maheshwari, as reported by press agency ANI.
The development came every week after Delhi police teams visited Twitter’s offices in Delhi and Gurugram to follow abreast of two notices over BJP leader Sambit Patra’s tweet on an alleged “Congress toolkit” being marked as “manipulated media.”
Twitter had been asked to elucidate why BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra’s tweeted on May 18, which had screenshots of what he called a “Congress toolkit” aimed toward discrediting Prime Minister Narendra Modi and therefore the government’s handling of COVID, were labelled “manipulated media.”
The details came at a time when Twitter faced charges of inciting communal hate over tweets as an assault on a Muslim man in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad on June 5. Within the case filed on Tuesday night, Twitter has been accused of not removing “misleading” content linked to the incident. The fees it faces include “intent to a riot, promoting enmity and criminal conspiracy.”
Twitter has become the only American platform to have lost the “safe harbour” immunity in India as they failed to hire statutory officer in time.