Model and actor Payal Rohatgi was detained by Rajasthan police from her Ahmedabad residence on Sunday for allegedly making objectionable remarks on the family of former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, freedom fighter Motilal Nehru, his granddaughter Indira Gandhi and her husband Feroze Gandhi on social media in October. According to sources, a police team led by an Inspector rank official has detained her. She is likely to be produced in Court on Monday.
Rohatgi, however, claimed that she was arrested by the cops. “I am arrested by @PoliceRajasthan for making a video on #MotilalNehru which I made from taking information from @google Freedom of Speech is a joke @PMOIndia @HMOIndia,” tweeted Payal Rohatgi.
Earlier in December, a notice was served to the actor for allegedly posting an objectionable video relating to former prime ministers Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi.
“Rajasthan Youth Congress general secretary Charmesh Sharma has filed a complaint stating Payal Rohtagi has posted an objectionable video about JL Nehru, Indira Gandhi on Facebook on September 1. During the investigation, our team reached her residence in Mumbai. Later, we met Rohtagi at her parent’s home in Gujarat. We have given her the notice to file a reply in the case,” Lokendra Paliwal, Investigating Officer, Sadar Police Station, Bundi had told ANI.
The complaint was filed by Sharma in October at Bundi Sadar police station, following which the police registered a case under 66 and 67 of the IT Act.
The actor was booked under sections of the Information Technology Act, 2008. Rajasthan Youth Congress General Secretary Charmesh Sharma filed a complaint in October. Sharma had alleged that Rohatgi’s video could hamper India’s relations with other nations as it included objectionable comments, with pictures, in the context of former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri’s death. Rohatgi allegedly insulted Jawaharlal Nehru’s father Motilal Nehru and defamed his wife Kamala Nehru.
(With inputs from ANI)