Dalit girl rape case: Petition for FIR on Rahul Gandhi, HC seeks response from Twitter

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New Delhi
The case of alleged rape and murder of a 9-year-old girl in the capital Delhi is once again in the news. The High Court has sought a response from Twitter on the petition filed for registering an FIR against Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for revealing the identity of the victim. Gandhi had reportedly shared a picture of the deceased and his parents on social media platforms. Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh refused to issue notice to Rahul Gandhi and Delhi Police on the PIL. The court said that we are only issuing notice to Twitter. The bench said, “We are making it clear that we are not issuing notice to other respondents. We are only issuing notice to respondent no. 4 (Twitter). Along with this, the bench fixed November 30 as the next date for hearing the matter. Senior advocate Sajan Poovayya, appearing for Twitter, told the court that Gandhi’s Twitter account was suspended and the tweet on which the case was registered was removed as it violated Twitter’s policy. Senior advocate RS Cheema and advocate Tarannum Cheema appeared for Rahul Gandhi. Social activist and petitioner Makrand Suresh Mahadelkar has alleged in the petition that by posting a picture of the deceased girl with her parents, Gandhi violated the Minor Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses Act (POCSO). violated.

[Attribution to NBT]

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