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Protests Over Action on Goan for Anti-Modi FB Comments

Political parties and social activists today protested police action against a Goan youth, who had allegedly posted comments against Prime Minister designate Narendra Modi on Facebook in March when the Lok Sabha campaign was on.

The cyber crime cell of Goa Police had moved the court here seeking custodial interrogation of accused Lavu Chodankar claiming that his FB post was a larger gameplan to "promote communal and social disharmony" in the state.

The District and Sessions court had yesterday rejected anticipatory bail plea of Chodankar, who is currently out of station.

Goa businessman Atul Pai Kane, who heads the BJP-led Goa government’s committee on investment and industrial policy, had lodged a complaint against Chodankar.

The police had filed an FIR under Section 153(A), 295(A) of the IPC, besides Section 125 of the Representation of People Act as well as Section 66-A of the Information Technology Act.

The protestors led by cybercrime expert Dr Samir Kelekar and representatives of Congress and Aam Admi Party (AAP) today staged their agitation outside the police headquarters here after they were stopped at the gate and were refused permit to meet Director General of Police T Mohan.

"The police have claimed that they want to access his laptop from where the message was posted on FB. The message was posted on March 23 and summons were issued on May 12.

According to them, there was delay on the part of Facebook to respond to their query. This is absolutely wrong. Two months after the post, what you will get on the laptop is the record that FB was accessed, thats all," Kelekar, an IITIan and cybercrime expert told reporters.

Congress’ Goa Chief John Fernandes, Congress MLA Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco, Independent Vijay Sardesai and AAP co-ordinator Walmiki Naik were among those who joined the protests.

Kelekar alleged that police had filed the FIR to 'harass' Chodankar while Sardesai said, "Modi needs to be magnanimous and should not indulge in such petty things."

However, State Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has ruled out any political interference in the investigation of the case.

"As per SC directives, it is compulsory to register all complaints. A prominent citizen has filed a complaint and judiciary has denied granting anticipatory bail, which proves that there is substance in the complaint," Parrikar said in a statement issued here today.

"Government is not involved in this matter in any manner and the investigating officer is empowered to take the case forward as per law," he added.

Meanwhile, Chodankar's lawyer Jatin Naik said that his client has already moved Bombay High Court bench in Goa for anticipatory bail and the case would be heard on Tuesday.

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11/D-10
May 26, 2014
11:59 AM

Saroja (#7),

I am alredy in the list of some bhakts to be tried for treason after Modi comes to power, for nearly a year.

Boy oh boy. Do you have an exaggerated sense of your own importance. I hope you have arranged for security cover ala Ananthamurthy or are you going to sacrifice yourself as a martyr to the cause?

Bonita, Chennai
10/D-2
May 26, 2014
01:43 AM

>>  "Am I safe?"

Unfortunately, yes.

Whats InAName
San Francisco, United States
9/D-109
May 25, 2014
08:29 PM

I don't know how many got this tweet from Manohar Parrikar (@manoharparrikar) after his supporter jumped on him:

>> Anticipatory bail was rejected by court as per evidence & Govt. has no role.

https://twitter.com/manoharparrikar/status/470114700265418752

Santosh Gairola, Hsinchu
8/D-101
May 25, 2014
06:11 PM

"I am alredy in the list of some bhakts to be tried for treason after Modi comes to power, for nearly a year"

Moral of the story: Never trust lawyers . Sibal has ensured through his pet section 66A, that there is a steady income after his party is booted out of power.

D.L.Narayan
Visakhapatnam, India
7/D-98
May 25, 2014
05:37 PM

>> Let me once again remind you that section 66A is the handiwork of the liberal, secular Congress and that Modi is yet to assume the prime ministership of India.

I am aware of that and that should be ck\lear from this tweet of yesterday

tinyurl.com/l82hlys 

>> Nobody, neither the PM nor the CM of any state or anyone else can prevent law from taking its own course, period.

lols. You do something & claim that it is law of the land taking its course. lol. 

Recently in the snoopgate we saw how the law of the land saw to it that no action was taken for months and hastily action was sought to be taken towards the fag end, which the PM rightly shot down.

It is usage of discretionary powers rightly or wrongly(ethically) which is called "law of the land taking its course".

And do not give me this BS about being sevak etc. I am alredy in the list of some bhakts to be tried for treason after Modi comes to power, for nearly a year. One of the bhakt is the administrator of Modi IT site gujaratriots.com, much recommended by Santosh Gairola/Pankaj Hedaoo for its "objective" accounts.

R. Saroja
Bombay, India
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