Ramnagesh’s tweets may or may not have been directed against Virat Kohli or his family: Mumbai Court

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Sushmita Goswami | Nov 27, 2021 | Views 252533

Ramnagesh’s tweets may or may not have been directed against Virat Kohli or his family: Mumbai Court

Ramnagesh’s tweets may or may not have been directed against Virat Kohli or his family: Mumbai Court

Ramnagesh Akubathini, 23, may not have specifically directed his tweets to Indian batsman Virat Kohli or his family, a Mumbai court said when granted bail to Akubathini, who was charged with threatening to rape Kohli’s baby kid and his wife, Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma, on Twitter.

After the Indian cricket team lost the T20 world cup match against Pakistan on October 24, Akubathini, a State topper and a graduate of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Hyderabad, allegedly wrote offensive tweets against Kohli and Sharma’s 10-month-old daughter

Following the defeat, internet vitriol was directed at another cricketer, Mohammad Shami, who was singled out for his faith.

Kohli, on the other hand, had rushed to Shami’s defence, infuriating the star batsmen.

On November 8, 2021, Mumbai Police intercepted Akubathini in Hyderabad and detained him after the cyber wing of the Mumbai Police filed a case based on a complaint from Kohli’s management.

For publishing or transmitting obscene and sexually explicit material against children in electronic form, Akubathini has been charged under Sections 354A (outraging modesty), 506 (criminal intimidation), and 500 (defamation) of the Indian Penal Code, as well as Sections 67 and 67B of the Information Technology Act (IT Act).

On November 20, 2021, the Metropolitan Magistrate in Bandra, Mumbai, granted him bail.

The Metropolitan Magistrate Komalsing Rajput noted in his bail order, which was made public this week, that the “remarks posted and phraseology used in its natural course, it appears that it is made in context of some other posts and may not be directly addressed to the cricketer or his family,” even if they may have read it through interconnected social media accounts.

“Merely because the matter is connected with some respectable Indian Cricket Team member, as objected, the prayer cannot be rejected,” the Magistrate observed.

Akubathini’s lawyer, Abhijeet Desai, stated that under cyber law, there is always the risk of IP address hacking.

The tweet was deleted after it went viral, raising the possibility that it was made using the accused’s IP address in order to “cause problems for him and his bright future.”

The Magistrate who granted bail to Akubathini noted that the majority of the charges against him were bailable.

The court also stated that the inquiry is technical in nature, and that gathering evidence and drafting a chargesheet will take time. As a result, “pre-trial detention was not justified.”

The Court concluded from the contents of the FIR that Akubathini had not transferred or published any material depicting a minor engaging in sexually explicit behaviour.

“Is there any dispute about whether or not any of these charges are true? This component cannot be overlooked, at least for the limited purpose of bail “”Says the Magistrate.”

 

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