Ravi, owning a plastic packaging material factory, was arrested by local Crime Branch wing of CID Police on a recent complaint by Karti that he had posted "offensive" message against him on three occasions since 2011 on the micro blogging site Twitter, police said.
He was arrested under the Information Technology Act after registration of a case on the complaint by Karti Chidambaram lodged with the Union Territory's Inspector General of Police, they said.
Police produced 45-year old Ravi before Chief Judicial Magistrate Venkatakrishnan and sought 15 days remand. However, the CJM released him since the offence was bailable.
Ravi had allegedly posted messages about Karti's finances.
Till now people are forbidden from criticising sacred documents - in the religious domain. This is a new development, whereby certain humans are to be treated as sacred - so that they are above criticism. Pray, what world are we moving to ?
I think the flood of scandals gushing through the Congress Psrty and the impending verdict on the Sivagangai Parliamentary Election is causing a lot of anguish. I think it is highly authoritarian to drag someone to jail for a personal opinion. These Tamil politicians are all alike. They have no tolerance for dissent. Karunanidhi and Jayalalitha routinely book critics under defamation laws as if the criminals in politics can be defamed.
This is arrogance at its best, misuse of power at its worst and violation of one's fundamental rights at its height. The arrest is to send a message to one and all that the PC family will not tolerate any criticism. Next, be sure that the IT, Excise, Service Tax and Banks will be after this guy. The police officer who arrested him should be suspended, sent to jail for treating an individual's complaint into a criminal offence and delivering justice. People should protest unitedly at the state rowdyism on display, the vulgar expose of arrogance by Karti and the distasteful display of power by the official. It is high time that the ownership of Vasan chain of hospitals and medical shops is investigated. The attitude of politicians to silence the common man should be condemnded - Karti should be treated as a Goonda and arrested under the Goondas' Act.
Has India become a police State ? Shame on PC and the Congress Party.