Hyderabad: Three social media platforms have been booked based on a private complaint filed before a court in Hyderabad, allegedly for circulating ‘false’ information against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and causing damage to communal harmony. Also Read - Kids and Elderly Barred, Use of Mics Prohibited; With Tweaks, Shaheen Bagh Protest to Continue on 'Janata Curfew'
The complainant stated that after the enactment of CAA in 2019, some anti-social elements under the guise of freedom of expression launched a social media campaign against the amended law. Also Read - Centre Defends CAA Before Supreme Court, Calls it Legal, Constitution
The cybercrime police here registered the case following an order issued by the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate court based on a private complaint filed by a local journalist recently. Also Read - Telangana Passes Resolution Against CAA, NRC, NPR; 'India's Image, Secularism at Stake,' Says CM KCR
It also alleged that the social media platforms were circulating objectionable and offensive information to provoke common people, for their unlawful gains.
The complainant accused the social media applications of “intentionally” circulating objectionable videos and causing damage to the “national integration and communal harmony.”
The messages and videos were uploaded on three mobile applications a microblogging site, a mobile messaging giant and a video-sharing app, it added.
The court referred the private complaint to police following which a case was registered under IPC sections including 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups), 121 A (conspiracy to wage war against India) and other relevant sections.
Assistant Commissioner of Police, Cyber Crime Police Station, KVM Prasad told PTI that a case was registered after a private complaint was referred from the court. Legal opinion will be sought to proceed further, he said.
(With agency inputs)