Law Student Arrested for a Facebook Comment

Chaganti Rahul Reddy, a final year law student, was arrested by Andhra Pradesh (AP) Crime Investigation Department (CID) for a facebook post he made on October 12 regarding Cyclone Hudhud.

Reddy posted “I love you hudhud for nature having selectively punished those who cheated – feeling God is there”, as reported by NDTV.

The AP CID had filed a case on October 15 under sections 66-A (b) of IT Act and 153(a) of the IPC against him in response to a complaint.

66-A (b): sending any information which he knows to be false, but for the purpose of causing annoyance, inconvenience, danger, obstruction, insult, injury, criminal intimidation, enmity, hatred, or ill will, persistently by making use of such computer resource or a communication device.

Section 153(a) IPC : Promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony.

A press release issued by the AP CID claimed that Reddy’s post was “irresponsible and anti-people”.

The full report is on Newslaundry here.

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