South Bengaluru Cybercrime Police have registered a case against an online forum and an individual allegedly on social media posts against a High Court of Karnataka judge who sits on the bench that hears motions on the hijab controversy in the state.
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The Bengaluru South CEN (Cyber, Economy and Narcotics) Police Station filed a suo motu complaint on February 23 for a post on the Mangalore Muslim Forum Facebook page on February 9 and a subsequent post on the Facebook page of one individual, Ateeq Shariff.
Mangalore Muslims is a popular online forum that raises questions regarding the community.
According to Deputy Inspector Akshata Kurakundi’s complaint, the posts were derogatory and denigrated the judge’s independence.
The police registered a case under ICC Sections 504 (intentional insult with intent to cause a breach of the peace) and Section 505 (statements leading to public mischief), except the article 66 of the computer law (use of computer devices to send offensive messages) .
This is the second case recorded by Bengaluru Police for allegedly insulting a High Court judge hearing the hijab issue. On February 22, Kannada film actor Chetan Kumar Ahimsa was arrested for his remarks against the same judge. He was later released on bail on February 24.
Police in Sheshadripuram, central Bengaluru, filed a suo motu action against the actor under the same sections – 504 and 505(2) – of the IPC. Chetan Kumar had retweeted an old post from the judge about controversial remarks in an order. The actor often expresses concerns related to human rights, especially the rights of Dalits, in Karnataka and took the surname Ahimsa to emphasize his philosophy.